Vitreous Syneresis

Vitreous Syneresis

Vitreous Syneresis​



In Vitreous Syneresis there is liquefaction of the vitreous body.The eye consists of two segments, the anterior  or the front segment which lies infront of the lens and is filled with aqueous humor. Aqueous Humor is a translucent fluid that is secreted by ciliary process.

The posterior or the back segment of the eye lies behind the natural lens and is filled with vitreous humor or vitreous body which attaches to the inner layer of the retina

During childhood, the vitreous body is clear and is jellylike material. Later in life, vitreous normally will undergo liquefaction and changed from jellylike material to fluid like material in a process called syneresis of vitreous and this will cause the collage fibers within the vitreous to form strands.

Liquified Vitreous can detached easily from the retina. With each eye movements, those strands will also move, causing eye floaters.



Syneresis of vitreous is a normal aging process that starts to appear around 50s. There are certain factors that can accelerate this natural process in which it can occur at earlier age such as myopic patient in which the axial length of the eye is longer than normal and also it can occur earlier after eye trauma, intraocular inflammation and also after eye surgery.

Sometimes cured ocular pathological diseases can accelerate this natural process.

Till these days, there is no definite eye drops or medications that can be used to treat this condition. Floaters caused by syneresis will disappear by brain adaption.

With time which can range from few weeks to few years, your brain will adapt the presence of these floaters and will ignore them and the patient will no longer see them.




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