Asteroid hyalosis describes white floaters in the vitreous humor of the eye. These bodies are different than the typical floater, and usually don’t cause visual disturbances. They are caused by calcium soap deposits and can be associated diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
Though usually visually benign, these rarely cause significant visual disturbance. The opacity usually affects the view into the eye more than the patient’s view outward, such that a vitrectomy may be required if more serious retinal disease exists that needs to be treated/watched by the ophthalmologist.
– Occurs twice as often in men than woman
– Usually found in people over 60 years of age
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