What activities can I carry on doing?

Most people with a PVD carry on with their normal day to day activities as before without restrictions. Some ophthalmologists will advise that strenuous exercise should be avoided during the first six weeks after the start of a PVD. This is because your vitreous may not have completely detached from your retina and you may be at greater risk of having a retinal detachment.

There is no evidence either way that any of the following activities will definitely cause any problems with your PVD, but it might be best to avoid:

  • Very heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or jarring exercises, such as running or aerobics.
  • Playing contact sports, such as rugby, martial arts or boxing.
  • Inverted positions in activities such as yoga or pilates.

However, you should always ask your ophthalmologist for advice about what activities you should avoid doing and for how long.

Any activities like those above, may make you notice your floaters more. This is because activities like these, that involve moving your body, can make your floaters move around more inside your eye and this makes them more noticeable. Because of this, you might want to stop activities like these until your floaters have calmed down.

You can carry on with daily activities such as walking, gentle exercising, reading, watching TV, cooking and using your computer. There is no evidence to suggest that flying in an aeroplane will harm your PVD or make it worse.