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Anterior Vitreous Detachment
Can anterior vitreous detachment occur before pvd? Does it reduce the retinal risks assoc with cataract surgery? Symptoms other than floaters?
Vitreous detachment: May occur at the level of the anterior retina adjacent to an area called the ora serrata. The vitreous may delaminate from the retina at any location, meaning either posterior or anterior at anytime either from trauma or idiopathic. If the vitreous is already detached from the retina, then the risks of a retinal detachment is theoretically reduced. ...Read more
A posterior vitreous detachment is a condition of the eye in which the vitreous humour separates from the retina.
Broadly speaking, the condition is common for older adults and over 75% of those over the age of 65 develop it. Although less common among people in their 40s or 50s, the condition is not rare for those individuals. Some research has found that the condition is more common among women. ...Read more
Floaters: Typically the only consequence of having a posterior vitreal detachment (PVD) is the perception of floating objects in your vision. Rarely, the PVD can be associated with tears in the peripheral retina and holes/swelling of the central retina. Follow up as directed by your eye doctor after the diagnosis of PVD in order to check for these complications. ...Read more
See a retina special: As we age, the vitreous jelly pulls away from the retina (a posterior vitreous detachment). New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay. ...Read more
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 (posterior vitreous detachment). At that time or days/weeks later a retinal tear or detachment may or may not occur as well. The latter conditions require urgent treatment before blindness ensues. A vitreous detachment is not treated. ...Read more
Yes, it can: A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a condition of the eye in which the vitreous membrane separates from the retina. A common symptom is flashes of light (photopsia). There is a small risk of a retinal tear / detachment. Duration of PVD is usually 4-6 weeks, but can be sudden (trauma), days (after cataract surgery), months, or rarely a year or more. Nearsighted people tend to get PVD earlier. ...Read more
Normal aging: Vitreous detachment is a normal aging process of the gel that fills the back of the eye. Usually it detaches silently but sometimes it happens in a few locations with light flashes, floaters and visual changes. Since these symptoms are the same as retinal detachment these symptoms should always be evaluated by an ophthalmologist when they occur. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: Hopefully you have been evaluated to be certain there is no underlying retinal detachment. The debris from a vitreous detachment in the absence of a retinal detachment, generally clears up in several weeks but commonly leaves a few spots or strings of stuff that you can see in your vision lasting sometimes for years. ...Read more
Rule out retina hole: Typical vitreous detachments are a normal aging process of the jelly in the vitreous cavity. If you develope floaters and/or flashes you should seek the care of an ophthalmologist to evaluate you for a retinal tear or hole or a retinal detachment. If no problems are found no treatment is needed. The floaters usually subside, to the most part, over weeks and months but may not totally go away. ...Read more
Vitreous separation: The vitreous jelly is normally attached to the back of the eye (posteriorly), to the optic nerve and macula (central retina). When this collagenous jelly separates from these normal attachment areas, it's called a posterior vitreous detachment (pvd). This happens with age (normal and most common reason), trauma, eye surgery, nearsightedness. A retinal tear or detachment can also be concurrent. ...Read more
See below: It is difficult to tell whether there is a retinal detachment by the patient him/her self when there are vitreous detachment symptoms. Flashes and floaters are warning signs, but very non-specific. If there is peripheral vision loss that progresses and closes in on central vision, than that is quite likely a retinal detachment. Especially if accompanied or presided by flashes and or floaters. ...Read more
Unusual case: Vitreous detachment is very rare in this age group and usually only comes about from pathology of the eye or trauma. Vitreous detachment usually starts in middle age. There is no "treatment" for this as it is a natural progression in the eye. If this is occurring in a 14 year old, then it must be investigated by an ophthalmologist to rule out concurrent disease. ...Read more
How long does it take to complete vitreous detachment to pvd full cycle in young high myope population, is da process cycle faster in young myopes?
Full cycle?: The natural progression of vitreous detachment is simple in that the vitreous attachment come off the area of attachment where the retina ends. The vitreous contracts tugging on the retina, causing flashing light symptoms. This usually resolve and the vitreous floater can get smaller. Not really a cycle! Timing is person to person, - can be days to weeks, high myopia is a risk factor ...Read more
Collaborative care: For this, you really need the care of a good ophthalmologist to start with. A homeopathic physician would be able to also assess your symptoms from his/her perspective and find the homeopathic medicine that might work well for you in conjunction with conventional treatment. Although there are multiple medicines possible, homeopathic gelsemium is one known to help in retinal detachment. ...Read more
If prior retinal tear, risk at 60 of developing a retinal detachment or a posterior vitreous detachment?
See a retina special: You do have a somewhat increased risk of developing a retinal detachment if you've had a retinal tear (even if it was treated), though you should speak to your retina specialist to gauge your true risk based on your exam. Everyone develops posterior vitreous detachments as we age - that is regardless of having had a tear or not. ...Read more
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 not normal. If you feel that you have an rd then usually some type of treatment is advisable to repair it or prevent it from getting worse. I would discuss with your doctor right away since an rd can cause permanent loss of vision. ...Read more
How do we know posterior vitreous detachment has completed, is there any way to know this, I mean in young high myopic like me, will it last forever?
Yes: Your ophthalmologist will be able to know if the PVD is complete, but you may well have symptoms forever. ...Read more
Has the injectable diabetes drug, bydureon, (exenatide) been linked to shrinking vitreous or vitreous detachment? This happened to me after 5 months on this drug
Not aware of: Not aware of this occurring, however it is recommended to report this to the manufacturer as they track all possible side effects and would be more than willing to disclose any reactions they have documented on file. You can google the co. And I am sure find a toll free 1-800 "pharmacovigilence#.". ...Read more
Hw long does posterior vitreous detachment usually take in 30-40 age group of high myopes according to your experience? Does pvd last a lifetime 4 dem
4-6 weeks; yes: Most often PVD takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete, but that time can vary greatly from instant to more than one year. Once the vitreous detaches, it does not ever reattach. There would be no advantage to the patient if it did. ...Read more
Does vitreous degeneration always lead to a posterior vitreous detachment (pvd) or pvd may not happen altogether in presence of vitreous degeneration?
PVD: Vitreous degeneration almost always leads to a pvd. Most pvds are benign, but a few may lead to a retinal tear or detachment...So they should be seen by your local eye doctor. ...Read more
In time? Yes.: If you are asking can you have first one eye, and then much later experience a PVD in the other eye, then yes, very possible. Usually pvds occur spontaneously, although they can occur from trauma as well. ...Read more