A vitreous hemorrhage is bleeding from retinal neovascularization into the vitreous cavity. Mild bleeding typically causes spots to appear in front of the eye. More severe bleeding may cause large floaters or hair-like strands to appear. If you notice the sudden appearance of these floaters, spots in front of the eye, or blurred vision, it is important to contact your eye doctor immediately. Treatment for a vitreous hemorrhage may include monitoring the condition or a laser procedure called Panretinal Laser Photocoagulation (PRP).
If there is a lot of blood in the eye or the blood does not disappear on its own, a procedure called a Vitrectomy may be required. Vitrectomy surgery is performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center, under general or local anesthesia. Your doctor will advise you as to if and when this procedure should be considered.