• Why is it taking so long for my vitreous to fully detach?


    Question:
    I've had flashes due to a partial posterior vitreous separation for 18 months now. Why is it taking so long for the vitreous to fully detach? Will it eventually detach or am I headed for a more serious problem?

    Answer:

    Vitreous separation can vary for each individual and it can progress slowly. Flashes are typically benign, but if you see new or more floaters, it is recommended to have a full dilated eye exam to check for retinal holes or tears as soon as possible. A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a normal process of aging and generally occurs without causing any serious problems, but they can lead to retinal holes and tears, which is why you should have full dilated eye exam when there are more or new floaters.


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