Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) occurs when vitreous gel, a gel-like fluid that fills your eye, separates from the retina. There are no preventative measures that exist for this condition. The vitreous gel sustains natural wear and tear as a result of the aging process. Loss of this fluid results in dark specks or flashes of light in your line of vision, and can eventually lead to a torn retina which can compromise your vision.
At Infinity Retina, Dr. A'sha Brown is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating symptoms of posterior vitreous detachment. Because PVD itself does not threaten your sight and symptoms typically subside within three months, specific treatments are typically not required. Dr. Brown, however, will continue to monitor your eyesight and progress of your 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.
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 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.
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.
Since PVD does not itself threaten your sight and symptoms subside within 3 months in most patients, Dr. Brown generally will not require any specific treatment. However, because of the risk of further complications that can seriously damage your vision, Dr. Brown will continue to monitor the progress of your PVD after your initial diagnosis.