What are the symptoms of Posterior Vitreous Detachment?

Symptoms of Post Vitreous Detachment (PVD)

Posterior Vitreous Detachment symptoms can include things such as floaters, little flashes of light, or a cobweb effect across your vision (there is more information on each of these further down the page.) Some people get all three symptoms and others may only get one or two. Some people get a lot of each of these symptoms and others hardly any. Importantly, these same symptoms can be an indication of a more serious problem, such as a retinal tear, which needs urgent attention.

You will not be able to tell the difference between floaters and flashes caused by PVD or retinal detachment. The only way you can tell is to have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. If you suddenly experience any of the following symptoms, make sure you have your eyes examined as soon as possible - preferably on the same day or within 24 hours:

  • A sudden appearance of floaters or an increase in their size and number.
  • Flashes of light and/or a change/increase in the flashing lights you experience.
  • Blurring of vision.
  • A dark "curtain" moving up, down or across your vision, as this may mean that the retina has already partially detached.

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