Under the name of asteroid hyalitis, Benson,1 in 1894, described peculiar bodies found in the vitreous and gave them this title because of their resemblance to the stars on a clear night. In this country the same condition has probably been more accurately described, and the differentiation of the bodies present from those of synchysis scintillans emphasized, under the name of snowball opacities of the vitreous. These same bodies have been described by Bachstez2 under the title scintillatio corporis vitrei. The present report concerns the microchemical and histologic examination of an eye containing these snowball opacities associated with chronic glaucoma.
There have been numerous clinical reports of these cases, and Vogt included a slit-lamp description of them in his atlas. A report of an examination of these snowball opacities in an effort to determine their nature was made by Lauber,3 but he came to no definite
HOLLOWAY TB, FRY WE. ASTEROID HYALITISREPORT OF A CASE WITH MICROCHEMICAL AND HISTOLOGIC OBSERVATIONS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1929;2(5):521–528. doi:10.1001/archopht.1929.00810020540001