A 32-year-old female asked:
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does all retinal traction lead to retinal detachment at some point in time in future, what is the avg percentage?how do we know that pvd is complete?

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Dr. Matthew Goren
32 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Not all traction leads to rd. It depends on many, many factors so i couldn't give you a percentage. Only less than 10% of pvds result in rd.
Answered on Jan 31, 2015
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Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad commented
34 years experience Ophthalmology
less than 1%.
Sep 30, 2013
Dr. H. Michael Lambert
44 years experience Retinal Surgery
No, not always: The development of retinal detachment depends upon the type of traction and what is being pulled. The common form (pvd as you mention) is the vitreous degenerating as you age. The majority of pvds do not lead to retinal detachment, but need to be followed for the development of retinal tears. Flashes, new floaters, etc. Should be check by a retina person immediately.
Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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