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  • Could there be something else beyond the posterior vitreous detachment going on within my eye?


    Question:

    My optometrist has diagnosed a posterior vitreous detachment in my right eye. The floaters and flashes have diminished over the past few weeks but I am still experiencing the gray film in my vision and some pain/pressure in the eye. My eye also fatigues quickly if I read for very long. Could there be something else beyond the vitreous detachment going on?


    Answer:

    Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a commonly occurring event that brings patients to see their ophthalmologist. Many of these events leave a person with debris or a film in their eye and their vision forever. I have PVDs in both of my eyes. Yes, they are frustrating and, in some cases, can reduce the sharpness of vision. Each PVD event MUST be carefully examined and evaluated by an ophthalmologist in a timely manner to reduce the possibility of a retinal detachment. It is essential that you discuss your visual situation with your ophthalmologist.


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