• I’m not nearsighted, so why would I get a PVD at 24?


    Question:

    I am 24 and have a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). I have not suffered any trauma except severe dry eye in the two weeks prior to the PVD. I am not nearsighted but slightly farsighted. What might cause such an early PVD?


    Answer:

    Generally, a PVD is a normal age-related process. The gel-like vitreous inside the eye liquifies with age and pulls away from the back of the eye.

    It is unusual to develop a PVD at age 24 and diagnosis can be difficult in younger people. The symptoms of PVD are similar to other conditions where vitreous gel changes consistency and leads to floaters and sometimes flashes. A thorough eye examination by an ophthalmologist and possibly testing such as an ultrasound or an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan are the best ways to find out if the vitreous is fully detached. A comprehensive eye examination is essential to rule out conditions that may lead to flashes and floaters such as inflammation, retinal changes or genetic retinal conditions.


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