Posterior Vitreous Detachment is a common eye condition that happens naturally as we age. The vitreous membrane is a layer of collagen that separates the vitreous humor from the eye. Over time, the vitreous gel in the eye condenses even though the cavity size doesn’t change. Less gel in the cavity causes it to pull away from the retina. After one to three months, the PVD completely pulls away so that the vitreous gel is only attached at the base.
Symptoms of Posterior Vitreous Detachment
Posterior Vitreous Detachment is not painful and usually has a minimal effect on your ability to see. There are two primary symptoms to look for, including floaters and flashes.
Flashes are streaks of light that appear in your field of vision. They are usually positioned off to the side.
Floaters are shadows or cobwebs in your field of vision. These are generally blurry and small.
The symptoms usually decrease in intensity over a period of several weeks. It doesn’t usually harm the patient’s sight unless there is a complication like an epiretinal membrane or retinal detachment.
Posterior Vitreous Detachment Treatment
Most patients simply wait out the symptoms until they subside with no further treatment required. This usually takes no longer than three months. If symptoms persist or if you notice additional symptoms, contact your ophthalmologist immediately. Your doctor can evaluate your condition to ensure that you aren’t suffering from a complication that requires urgent treatment. If you have questions about any eye problem or symptom, do not wait, make an appointment with your Eye Michigan ophthalmologist today.