Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD)

On the following pages, you’ll find more information about Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD), how to treat the condition, ways to look after your eyes with Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD), plus more. 

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Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) is a change in your eye which does not normally cause sight loss. It is very common and most of us will develop it at some point in our lives. On the following pages, you’ll find information answering many of the most common questions you have about Posterior Vitreous Detachment.   This information is jointly produced with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and produced according to the NHS Information Standard.  
 
A Posterior Vitreous Detachment  is a natural change that occurs in the eye. Over 75 per cent of the population over the age of 65 develop a Posterior Vitreous Detachment, and it is not uncommon for it to develop in your 40s or 50s. PVD is not a sign of a disease or eye health problem. For most of us a PVD happens naturally as we get older.
 
PVD can cause symptoms such as floaters, little flashes of light, or a cobweb effect across your vision.  These same symptoms can be an indication of a more serious problem, such as a retinal tear, which needs urgent attention. If you are experiencing these symptoms the only way to know their cause is to have your eyes examined by an eye health professional.
 
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