Asked by: Andry Heppner
asked in category: General Last Updated: 22nd February, 2020

Is vitreous detachment serious?

A vitreous detachment does not harm vision on its own. But in some cases, the fibers can pull so hard on the retina that they create a macular hole, or a retinal tear that leads to a retinal detachment. These are serious conditions.

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Also know, does vitreous detachment go away?

Often, they're accompanied by flashes of light — usually in your peripheral vision — and especially visible in the dark. The flashes and floaters generally subside within one to three months, and 85 percent of those with posterior vitreous detachment experience no further problems.

Additionally, how is vitreous detachment treated? No specific treatment is needed for PVD. That said, complications of PVD are rare but can be serious and require urgent treatment, such as laser for a retinal tear or surgery for a retinal detachment. For this reason, one or more checkups are recommended within 3 months after the onset of PVD.

Correspondingly, how long does vitreous detachment last?

Your symptoms may last for a few weeks only, but usually they last about six months. During this time, your floaters and the flashes of light gradually calm down and become less obvious to you. You might be aware of your floaters for up to a year or longer but this is more unusual.

What can cause vitreous detachment?

The vitreous gel shrinks and becomes more liquid-like, yet the cavity between your lens and retina remains the same size. The more the gel shrinks or condenses, the easier it is for the vitreous to detach from the retina.

What are causes of PVD?

  • cataracts.
  • eye surgery.
  • diabetes.
  • injury to the eye.
  • nearsightedness.

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