PVD, or posterior vitreous detachment, is generally a relatively benign condition, but it can sometimes cause more serious complications. It’s always best to get an accurate diagnosis by visiting the highly experienced ophthalmologists at Connecticut Retina Consultants, who have extensive expertise in helping patients with PVD at their offices in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Call Connecticut Retina Consultants today to find out more or arrange a consultation.
PVD stands for posterior vitreous detachment. This condition isn’t usually dangerous, but in some cases can lead to complications including:
PVD generally causes no serious problems, and many people are unaware they have PVD. There aren’t any treatments as such for PVD, but if you develop complications such as a retinal tear or detachment, your ophthalmologist can repair the damage for you and preserve your sight.
PVD develops because of problems with the vitreous fluid in your eyeball.
The vitreous is a substance similar to a gel that fills the space in the back of your eye. During your younger years, the vitreous is reasonably firm and has a uniform consistency, and it sticks to the surface of your retinas.
As the aging process begins, the vitreous starts to break down and form small pockets of liquid gel. The proteins in these gel pockets clump together to form floaters. These are odd spots and squiggles you can see moving across your eyes sometimes.
For most people, the vitreous breaks down to the point where it separates from the retina. This typically happens between ages 40-60, but can occur earlier if you’re extremely near-sighted or you injure your eye.
A gradual separation can go unnoticed, but a sudden detachment can cause light flashes or the immediate appearance of floaters.
Suddenly experiencing floaters or flashing lights can be an indication that you have PVD, but you need to undergo an examination and pupil dilation procedure at Connecticut Retina Consultants to check for any retinal tearing or detachment.
Floaters that develop because of PVD typically fade over the weeks and months following their appearance. They aren’t harmful even if they don’t entirely disappear, but the only way to know whether your floaters are a sign of a more serious problem is to have the pupil dilation exam.
If your floaters don’t settle down, it’s possible to remove them using pars plana vitrectomy surgery. Retinal tears and detachment might require a surgical procedure using cryotherapy and pneumatic retinopexy to reattach the retina and seal any tears.
If you’re concerned about seeing floaters, make an appointment to see one of the expert ophthalmologists at Connecticut Retina Consultants. Call today to schedule your consultation.