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Once a PVD (posterior vitreous detachment) has occurred, can the floater cause any long term damage to the eye as it floats around and will the floaters eventually disappear?
A PVD is typically a benign process. A new PVD can sometimes be associated with a tear or detachment of the retina or hemorrhage. This is why new symptoms of floaters need to be evaluated immediately because if there is a retina problem, treatment will be required. Once a PVD is complete then typically it will not cause any problems and will not cause long term damage. Oftentimes, floaters disappear or the patient can become acclimated and not really see them or see them less often. However, if there is a change in symptoms such as additional or new floaters, persistent flashing lights or blurry vision or a veil or area of darkened vision anywhere in the visual field then immediate evaluation by an Eye MD is required.
Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MD
Categories: Eye Conditions
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