Vitreous

WHAT IS A POSTERIOR VITREOUS DETACHMENT?

Posterior vitreous detachment is when the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye separates from the retina. Symptoms of a posterior vitreous detachment may include new floaters or flashes of light.

SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT A POSTERIOR VITREOUS DETACHMENT?

A posterior vitreous detachment can cause a retinal tear or a retinal detachment, which is a serious medical issue. New floaters and flashes should always be evaluated by a retina specialist to make sure a retinal tear or retinal detachment is not present.

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ARE THERE ANY TREATMENTS FOR A POSTERIOR VITREOUS DETACHMENT OR FLOATERS?

The majority of cases will resolve over time. Patients become accustomed to new floaters and if no retinal tear or retinal detachment is found they will not harm your vision. In certain cases, removal of the floaters can significantly improve vision.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE NEW FLOATERS OR A POSTERIOR VITREOUS DETACHMENT?

Contact our office for a comprehensive eye exam and expert consultation. New floaters should be evaluated urgently for signs of a retinal tear or retinal detachment. We will provide you with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for your specific condition.

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