The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye on the inside of the eye. The purpose of the retina is to process the light that the lens has focused on to it, convert the light into neural signals, and send these signals on to the brain so we can see the world around us.
The vitreous is the gel-like substance inside the eye that helps the eye maintain a round shape. There are millions of fine fibers intertwined within the vitreous that are attached to the surface of the retina. The vitreous is optical clear; however with ageing or due to disease, it can develop defects in it or become cloudy.
There are several diseases of the vitreous and retina that can affect our vision:
Common retinal conditions that can be sight-threatening includes diabetes, age-related macular degeneration and retinal tears or retinal detachments.
Common vitreous conditions that can affect vision include vitreous syneresis and vitreous detachment which can result in floaters and flashing lights.
As part of your general eye assessment, Mr. Ayoub will do a full examination of your vitreous and retina to rule out any underlying disease and if required discuss the treatment options with you. You may need scans of the retina as part of the assessment. Treatment options for retinal disease include eye drops, injections into the vitreous, laser or surgery to the retina.