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Flashes & Floaters
 
Aging causes the vitreous gel to become less like a gel and more like a fluid. As the eye moves, liquefied vitreous also move around inside the vitreous cavity. This movement causes the vitreous to pull on the retina, and in time the vitreous can pull free and separate from the retina. This is called a posterior vitreous detachment. Pulling of the vitreous on the retina can cause flashes of light. We usually see this once a posterior vitreous detachment occurs. As the vitreous liquefies and pulls away from the retina it becomes condensed and stringy and forms strands. We see these strands and strings as they appear as spots, circles, jagged lines and irregular fine threads in the vision. They appear to float, and we call these vitreous floaters.