How will PVD affect my life?
Coping with PVD on a Daily Basis
You may find floaters frustrating as they get in the way of seeing things which can make activities, such as reading, difficult. This is particularly true if you have one large, distracting floater. If this is the case, you might find the following technique helps: move your eyes around in a gentle circular motion so you create currents in the vitreous within your eyes. This can sometimes move the floater out of your direct field of vision. It works best if you have one large floater rather than lots of small ones.
Sunglasses or UV eye shields limit the amount of light coming into your eye, which may help the floaters be less obvious, especially in bright conditions. However, most people find that over time the floaters become less of a problem and they don't need any special adaptations.
Do I have to Restrict my Activities?
Most people with a PVD have no restrictions on their activities. This is because there is no evidence to suggest stopping certain activities will prevent your PVD turning into a retinal tear. There is no evidence that any of these activities will cause any problems with your PVD:
- Very heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or jarring exercises.
- Playing contact sports, such as rugby, martial arts or boxing.
- Inverted positions in activities such as yoga or pilates.
You may find that some of these activities make your floaters more noticeable. This is due to the movement of the activity rather than a change in your eye, so you may want to wait until your floaters have calmed down.
Some people take the personal decision to avoid the above activities when their PVD symptoms are quite intense, especially at the beginning.
You can carry on with daily activities such as walking, gentle exercising, reading, watching TV and using your computer. There is no evidence to suggest that flying in an aeroplane will harm your PVD or make it worse.
This advice might change if you have another condition or depending on your eye health in general. Your ophthalmologist is the best person to tell you if you need to avoid any activities.
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