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Can a 'complete' posterior vitreous detachment (pvd) be sometimes not associated with flashes of light at all, and have symptoms of only floaters?

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Dr. Keshav Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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In brief: Absolutely

Many patients do not notice any symptoms of the pvd.
Others note floaters and some note flashes. The point is that you should get an exam if you notice such symptoms. Remember that a posterior vitreous detachment is the culmination a long natural process.

In brief: Absolutely

Many patients do not notice any symptoms of the pvd.
Others note floaters and some note flashes. The point is that you should get an exam if you notice such symptoms. Remember that a posterior vitreous detachment is the culmination a long natural process.
Dr. Keshav Narain
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: yes

The flashing lights (photopsias) are due to light attachments between the vitreous edge and the underlying retina as it transitions to liquid.
Mostly there are no such connections, therefore no light flashes. This is in fact the case with most people.

In brief: yes

The flashing lights (photopsias) are due to light attachments between the vitreous edge and the underlying retina as it transitions to liquid.
Mostly there are no such connections, therefore no light flashes. This is in fact the case with most people.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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