How Is Posterior Vitreous Detachment Managed?

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good morning, i want to ask If there is no Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD), there is no specific treatment. so what’s the handling like? and does it need surgery? if you need surgery, when is the operation done? Thank you in advance.

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Hello Malinana,


Vitreous is a part of clear liquid (gel + liquid) that fills the eyeball, serves to give shape to the eyeball and as a refractive medium to pass light from the object to the retina (light sensitive layer) to be able to see. Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is the release of the back of the vitreous that attaches to the retina. PVD is a condition that often occurs with age / aging process. PVD patients are mostly> 60 years old.


Symptoms experienced by PVD patients include:


Floaters, shadows of objects (such as threads, shapes, particles, etc.) small to large sizes that appear to hover on vision. Floaters are more clearly seen when patients see bright lights such as the sun or look at basic colors like white.

Flashes, like seeing a flash, especially in the periphery of vision
Loss of visual field of vision at the edges

PVD does not usually threaten vision, so no special handling is needed. But if the condition of PVD is followed by retinal tears or detachment of the retina of course this will threaten vision and can cause blindness. When followed by abnormalities in the retina, special treatment is needed, such as laser therapy or surgery.


If you experience PVD you should do regular checks with an eye specialist regularly. Check immediately if there is a sudden sharp decrease in vision (blurred vision) or multiple floaters. Thus the explanation from me, may be useful.

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