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I have had floaters for about 2 or 3 years and was wondering if it could be a sign of a retinal detachment?

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Dr. Keshav Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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In brief: Yes. Signs of RD.

A PVD or posterior vitreous detachment is a natural consequence of aging.
When it occurs in someone suddenly and there are new floaters or flashes of light, we recommend a dilated exam of the retina. It is not because the floaters or flashes are dangerous, but because the PVD may also occur with retinal tears which can lead to retinal detachment. Other signs include flashes, curtain or shadow.

In brief: Yes. Signs of RD.

A PVD or posterior vitreous detachment is a natural consequence of aging.
When it occurs in someone suddenly and there are new floaters or flashes of light, we recommend a dilated exam of the retina. It is not because the floaters or flashes are dangerous, but because the PVD may also occur with retinal tears which can lead to retinal detachment. Other signs include flashes, curtain or shadow.
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Dr. Colin McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

In brief: Yes, but unlikely

Floaters in the eye have several causes.
The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist.

In brief: Yes, but unlikely

Floaters in the eye have several causes.
The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist.
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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology

In brief: Unlikely

Although floaters are a sign of retinal detachment, you would have already lost your eye if you had an unrepaired retinal detachment 2 or 3 years ago.

In brief: Unlikely

Although floaters are a sign of retinal detachment, you would have already lost your eye if you had an unrepaired retinal detachment 2 or 3 years ago.
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