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I now understand what vitreous detachment is. What is the cure or fix for the disease if any? Is there any treatment available to improve the condition?
A vitreous detachment is the separation of the vitreous (or gel) that fills the back of the eye from the retina. Symptoms of a vitreous detachment include flashes and floaters. The biggest concern when a vitreous detachment occurs is the risk of developing a retinal tear that can lead to a retinal detachment. It is important to see an Eye M.D. if you develop the signs of a vitreous detachment to be sure you do not have a torn retina.
Often the most bothersome part of a vitreous detachment, the floaters, will improve with time. It can take 3-6 months for them to improve. If they persist for longer and have an impact on important activities like reading or driving, then surgery to remove them can be considered. Because surgery (a vitrectomy) can have potential complications such as the formation of cataract, retinal detachment, bleeding, and infection among other things—it is important that the floaters are significant and are severely impairing your activities.
Answered by: John Kitchens, MD
Categories: Eye Surgery
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