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I have been diagnosed with a posterior vitreous detachment. The doctor said he will check it at intervals until it is healed. Could you please explain what the process is that constitutes a healed posterior vitreous detachment?
A posterior vitreous detachment is a separation of the vitreous body, the jelly-like substance that fills the back of the eye, from the retina. When the vitreous detaches, it may tug on the retina and produce symptoms such as flashing lights and floaters. Your doctor wants to observe you to make sure that no holes form in the retina as the vitreous separates, because that can lead to a retinal detachment. This is what the doctor means by observing until it is healed.
Answered by: David K. Coats, MD
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