• Will my retina function differently after a vitreous detachment?


    Question:

    Does the liquefied vitreous that fills the gap left by posterior vitreous detachment (or PVD) affect the retina differently than the gel sac did when it was attached?


    Answer:

    The liquefied vitreous fluid has no adverse effect on the retina. Most people will have a separation of the vitreous gel from the surface of the retina at some point in their life. Typically, there is no disturbance of retinal function.

    However, in some cases, PVD can lead to retinal tear/detachment. If you notice a sudden change in number or appearance of floaters and/or flashes, or have a decrease in your vision, see your ophthalmologist immediately.


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