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Scotoma Underlying Cause

The vitreous is the clear gel inside the globe of the eye that helps to maintain the shape of the eye. Light passes through the vitreous on the way to the retina. The retina is a thin layer of special cells in the back of the eye that receive light from the lens. The cells send information to the brain, which interprets the information as an image. Tiny clumps of gel can form within the vitreous as we age. These clumps of gel cast shadows on the retina, which are perceived by the eye as floaters.

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Last Updated: Aug 29, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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