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retinal detachment vs vitreous detachment

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: A retinal detachment needs to repair surgically otherwise your eye sight would be bad, a vitreous detachment is when the fluid in the back of the eye ... Read More
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
Yes: The vitreous jelly that fills the eye and attaches to the back wall of the inside of the eye (the retina) will detach from the retina with age (poster ... Read More
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Not the same: Retinal detachment is when the retina, the seeing part of the back of the eye, lifts off its moorings. The vision drops, and if the retina is off too ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Dornic
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Vitreous detachment: Retinal detachment generally requires surgical repair. Vitreous detachment usually does not require treatment. See an ophthalmologist for specific a ... Read More
Dr. Keshav Narain
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
Vitreous detachment: Is normal as we age and doesn't require treatment. Retinal detachment (rd) on the other hand can lead to complete loss of vision in the eye and is n ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Godley
31 years experience Retinal Surgery
Possible: The high risk window for a detachment to occur is about 3 weeks. If you are still having flashing lights or floaters, or develop vision loss six weeks ... Read More
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
Yes: It is possible. New or worse flashes or floaters or a curtain/veil in your vision requires an urgent dilated retinal exam.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Bright light can be annoying. It can if focused cause focal damage to the retina. But it will not cause retinal or vitreous detachments.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keshav Narain
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
PVD = RD? Sometimes: A posterior vitreous detachment or PVD can occur spontaneously and is perfectly normal. This separation of vitreous from the retina can sometimes res ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Could happen: Something about your eye led to a retinal tear at a youngish age. This could still be at play although presumably your tear was fixed with laser or s ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin McCannel
29 years experience Retinal Surgery
Unusual: Most retinal detachments are preceded by a vitreous detachment. There are some exception, however those are uncommon or rare. As such, it is unlikel ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shauntelle Bonman
11 years experience Family Medicine
Eye exam: Please seek your local ophthalmologist or optometrist for a complete eye exam.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment. Wait a year and if they are still sympt ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually not: Retinal detachments and vitreous syneresis are usually detected with and hand held or head mounted ophthalmoscope. The slit lamp looks only at the fr ... Read More
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