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Doctor insights on: Partial Vitreous Detachment

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What is posterior vitreous detachment?

What is posterior vitreous detachment?

See below: 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

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What are the consequences of having posterior vitreous detachment?

What are the consequences of having posterior vitreous detachment?

Floaters: The vitreous detaches from the back of the eye as a normal aging process. Usually without symptoms, but sometimes you may experience new floaters, some light flashes and a cellophaney view from the eye. Most are benign, although floaters can be annoying, but the symptoms are similar to those of retinal detachment so it is best to have an ophthalmologist assess this. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose retinal tears and vitreous detachment ?

How do you diagnose  retinal tears and vitreous detachment ?

Dilated exam: A dilated eye examination can reveal these problems. Eye drops are used to stop the pupil from constricting when light is shone into them. This helps the doctor get a good view of the entire retina to check for these sorts of problems. ...Read more

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Regular floater or vitreous detachment?

Regular floater or vitreous detachment?

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

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Is vitreous detachment similar to retinal detachment?

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

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Can posterior vitreous detachment last for a year or more?

Can posterior vitreous detachment last for a year or 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

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Can you explain to me what posterior vitreous detachment is?

Can you explain to me what posterior vitreous detachment is?

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

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I see a cloudy posterior vitreous detachment. Will it get better?

I see a cloudy posterior vitreous detachment. Will it get better?

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

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What is the definition or description of: posterior vitreous detachment?

What is the definition or description of: posterior vitreous detachment?

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

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