How serious is PVD?
It is important to remember that in most cases these symptoms of floaters, flashing lights and the cobweb over vision are caused by vitreous detachment and this rarely causes any long-term problems with your vision. However, because there is a small risk that these symptoms may be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment it is always best to have your eyes examined.
Around 10 per cent of patients with PVD develop a retinal tear and around 40 per cent of people with an acute retinal tear will develop a retinal detachment if left untreated. It is important to remember that if you develop a tear or detachment there are very successful treatments available.
If you have been diagnosed with a PVD it is very unlikely that you will develop a retinal detachment.
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