Posterior Vitreous Detachment

Posterior vitreous detachment is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the vitreous gel that fills the eyeball gets separated from the retina. It is an age-related eye problem that occurs most commonly in people older than 60. It can cause flashes or floaters in the sight of a person.

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What does retinal detachment mean?

Query: Hi doctor, While blinking my eyes, some round shaped image is appearing in my left eyelid. I seek doctor’s advice and he said that I have a retinal detachment. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The round images you see are called floaters. These are associated with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). With PVD there may be a break or hole in retina and that can lead to retinal detachment (RD). With retinal detachment initially there may be a cu...  Read Full »

I get flashes or lightening in the eye. What could it be due to?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 50 year old female. I get flashes or lightning in the eye. I am taking medicines for diabetes, blood pressure, and thyroid.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is the age where you get posterior vitreous detachment. It is a naturally occurring age-related phenomenon where the vitreous jelly separates from one's retina and in this process, one might experience a ring-like floater and probably some flashes. Some warning...  Read Full »

I have eyesight problems due to posterior vitreous detachment. Does it cause retina detachment?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently visited the hospital regarding my eyesight, as I was seeing floaters and flashing lights. My doctor diagnosed me with a posterior vitreous detachment that leads to retinal detachment. My doctor thought I had been seeing flashing lights for the past year, so he said the retin...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Post-viterous detachment is common in old and myopic young people, but that does not necessarily mean retina detachment. It would help if you had a thorough retinal examination to rule out any areas of weakness in the retina, like lattice or tears. Flashing light is a...  Read Full »

Can retinal detachment result in large eye floaters and itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a huge floater in my eye for two days. I was taking a shower last night. My eye was itchy, and I rubbed it. It is a holiday here, and my eye doctor is closed. I am worried. Could I possibly have a detached retina? But I do not want to go to the ER if it is unnecessary. The eye doe...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in. Is the floater a single squiggly line, a ring, or a more oversized shape that is black that obstructs your line of vision? Your correct age is not mentioned and whether you had short-sightedness before cataract surgery. You might have developed so...  Read Full »

Can increase in number of vitreous floaters in eye cause PVD?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I started seeing vitreous floaters a few weeks back. I noticed it eight months back. But my floaters are getting different. I had a few of them for twenty years. Now I have a few of them on my both eyes. They also come with something called jelly and they are not really notic...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is presence of a jelly-like substance in the eyes called vitreous. As the age progresses, it starts to liquefy and you start seeing floaters. You can also see floaters and flashes when vitreous get detached from the retina. You can consult an opthalmologist immedi...  Read Full »

Is PVD with eye floaters and flashes treatable?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a PVD in my right eye. I have seen two eye doctors and have follow-ups scheduled. I have experienced new floaters, and the flashes have continued since seeing my doctor. I recently developed a clear film in the eye, which my doctor assured me was fine as long as I did not see s...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a jelly-like substance in the eye called vitreous, and as age progresses, it starts to liquefy or detaches, and you start seeing floaters. You should go to an ophthalmologist immediately in case if there is an increase in the number of these floaters or if y...  Read Full »

Can PVD and retinal detachment cause flashes of light in the eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, I saw brief flashes of light under my left eye thrice this week. Now suddenly, I sometimes feel the light of my room is flickering, but it is not. Is it only in my vision?  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in. Flashes of light without any symptoms of eye pain or headache usually indicate the irritation of retina, which is being pulled on often by the vitreous a jelly-like substance inside the eyeball. The ophthalmologist should check out persistent f...  Read Full »

How long will floaters in the eye last?

Query: Hello doctor, I have eye floaters. I have done the retina exam by dilation, vision test, etc. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are enjoying good health. What are your questions about floaters?  Read Full »

What medicine do I need to clear the fluke in the eyes?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have a trematode (fluke) on my eyes and it seems to enter behind the eye as well. The trematode passes the vision at times and I can then distinguish the structure of the body, quite complex body and transparent. When I go to the mirror to see it I cannot. Wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Kumar Agrawal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your problem, I am not very sure that it is a (fluke) trematode in your eye. By the description of the anomaly that you are giving, I think it is a floater. Just check for images of floaters eye on google and you should see exactly what I am talking about. ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for eye flashes which occured following an accident?

Query: Hello doctor, I have eyes flashes for about five years now. After I have an accident on my nose it looks like the liquid in the eyes is moving or pulling. What treatment I can do? Although I did a lot of tests for retina, what else I can do insted of waiting to see if this problem stops by it self...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Kumar Agrawal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Flashes in front of eyes is a classical sign of retinal detachment and posterior vitreous detachment. You should get your retina checked by a vitreo retinal specialist. Since you had trauma near your eye just before these flashes started, there is a strong possibili...  Read Full »

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