What is Asteroid Hyalosis?

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What is Asteroid Hyalosis?

Asteroid Hyalosis is a collection of phospholipid-based particles that crystallize and become easily visible inside the eye. To the patient, it can manifest as a large collection of floaters, but most patients are typically asymptomatic since they do not often scatter enough light in their central vision to be obvious. Asteroid hyalosis requires no treatment, except in very rare cases where it significantly interferes with vision.

To the doctor, it is easily visible as the light scattering causes it to seem like twinkling lights; the "asteroid" in the name was given because of their resemblance to stars in the night sky!

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