vitreous body

Reply Sun 4 May, 2008 10:01 am
Hi everybody, how are you doing?

My friend ( like brother ) mother was diagnosed a couple of days with

vitreous body in her eye. The report also said,

Early lenticular changes, dilated Fundi, vitreous body, retina WNL break seen.

She was given only eye drop.

Could somebody help me with the upper diagnosis and the proper treatment.

I see that she needs more than eye drops!

Thanks everybody.
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Reply Sun 4 May, 2008 10:17 am
Vitreous means "glass-like," and in this case refers to the structure of the eye known as the vitreous humor, and refers to a substance in the eye which is not a foreign body, but which forms within the orbit from organic materials produced by the sufferer. It usually comes from "tears" which harden without being expelled from the orbit. Tears contain protein and lipids (fats), and when dry, can form hard, irritating substances. When you feel grainy matter in the corner of your eye when you wake up, that is dried "tear" material which has hardened. Eye drops to lubricate the eye and are intended to reduce the irritation. There seems to be some other problem, though, because the vitreous humor is inside the eyeball, between the lens and the retina. So one wonders how any substance got into the vitreous humor. Perhaps that is associated with the early lenticular degeneration. Fundi refers to the bottom of the orbit (the orbit is the socket in which the eyeball and the optic nerve rest within the skull), so it appears that the tissues of the orbit are shrinking, making the cavity in which the eyeball sits somewhat larger. The retinal break could refer to what is also generically known as retinal or macular degeneration. The macula is at the back of the eye, and is separated from retina by a membrane--if that membrane is torn, then that might explain how an irritating body could have gotten into the eyeball, but it doesn't explain how it entered the vitreous humor. All of this sounds like the details of degeneration of the eye structure which is usually associate with age. If the membrane between the macula and the retina is torn, it may heal itself, and sometimes can be fixed using laser surgery. I don't know what to tell you about a torn membrane which occurs behind the retina in other parts of the eyeball other than at the macula.

This diagnosis seems to refers to degenerative conditions which apparently, the physicians feels are taking place before the patient would normally be expected to exhibit them. I happen to know this because i also have degenerative conditions in both eye, and have learned far more than i ever wanted to know about my eyes. In fact, there probably isn't much more than eye drops to do for her--she should avoid caffeine (coffee or strong tea), nicotine (tobacco in any form) and stress.
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Reply Mon 5 May, 2008 11:47 am
THanks Setanta, so it's only a degenerative condition because of her age.

But, this vitreous thing will go or it will stay like that, and does it make the

sight got worse by time?

Thanks, I appreciate what you wrote here.
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Reply Mon 5 May, 2008 12:10 pm
We don't know that, Navigator, I've had a degenerative eye condition since I was a child.

I don't know what a wnl retinal break is. I do know that I had four retinal tears (like a break, perhaps) and they were fixed by laser surgery by a specialist.

Presumably the situation is such that only drops will be prescribed. Your friend might consider going to the doctor with his mother, if possible. Sometimes physicians here appreciate it when there is a friend or family member along, to facilitate communication.
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Reply Mon 5 May, 2008 12:23 pm
Thanks ossobuco , anyway we are following up her case and still with docotr,

If anything new I'll post it here.

Thanks everybody.
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