University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Detecting Vitreous Loss

Contributor: Thomas A. Oetting, MS, MD

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The first response to vitreous prolapse is denial. You begin to think that something is not right but and find lots of reasons why everything is really alright. Denial is a powerful force. More objective signs of vitreous loss are the chamber suddenly deepens, the pupil widens, the residual lens lens material is no longer centered or doesn't spin, lens particles no longer come to the phaco needle, and, of course, lens particles sink to the back of the eye.

last updated: July 2009
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