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The vitreous is a clear substance through which light passes. This jelly-like substance makes up the bulk of the eye. The vitreous is attached to the eye's retina at the back of the eye, but may detach from the retina in a common condition called posterior vitreous detachment, that often occurs with aging. When opaque fragments, blood, or other substances get into the vitreous, the effect is that of floaters, where the person sees floating spots, dots, or other effects in front of the eyes. The eye does not strictly need the vitreous for vision, and the treatment of vitrectomy involves removing part of the vitreous to treat various eye conditions.
Vitreous: The vitreous is a jelly-like fluid that fills the back of the eye. (Source: excerpt from Keep your eyes healthy: NIDDK)
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