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FAQs on Posterior Vitreous Detachment: 

What is a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?

Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) occurs when the gel that fills your eye -- known as vitreous gel -- becomes separated by the retina. This gel sustains natural wear and tear as we age, eventually causing it to shrink and no longer fill the entire eye cavity. This can cause the appearance of floaters and flashes in your line of vision.

Can posterior vitreous detachment get worse over time?

In 85% of patients, PVD will result in mild symptoms that resolve themselves as the condition progresses. However, progressive PVD can potentially tear the retina, leading to more serious complications (like an epiretinal membrane and permanent vision loss). This is why it’s vital for your ophthalmologist to monitor PVD, even if the symptoms are mild or non-existent.

Am I at risk for PVD?

Posterior vitreous detachment is extremely common in older patients, and your risk increases each year after the age of forty. Additionally, if you are near-sighted (myopic), have recently undergone eye surgery, or have ever suffered a traumatic injury to your eye, you may be at an exceptional risk for PVD.

What is the best treatment for posterior vitreous detachment?

Since PVD does not itself threaten your sight and symptoms subside within 3 months in most patients, Dr. Parvus generally will not require any specific treatment. However, because of the risk of further complications that can seriously damage your vision, Dr. Parvus will continue to monitor the progress of your PVD after your initial diagnosis.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment Treatment & Prevention - Media, PA

Posterior vitreous detachment is a common problem in aging patients related to normal wear and tear. However, progressive PVD can eventually lead to more serious complications.

At Infinity Retina, Dr. Britt J. Parvus has the specialized experience to diagnose posterior vitreous detachment and monitor its progression. Using her personalized approach, Dr. Parvus will work directly with you to develop a treatment plan in which you are comfortable and confident.

Ready to address your posterior vitreous detachment? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parvus today