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What is posterior vitreous detachment?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
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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.

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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.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
It also happens at an earlier age in nearsighted (myopic) individuals and is more common after certain eye surgeries such as cataract surgery and YAG laser capsulotomy.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Flashes

This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.
e. The "floater". The tugging from the vitreous causes the flashes. You are at risk of a retinal detachment and should be examined.

In brief: Flashes

This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.
e. The "floater". The tugging from the vitreous causes the flashes. You are at risk of a retinal detachment and should be examined.
Dr. Michael Ham
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