75% of people over age 65 experience a vitreous detachment.

What is a Vitreous Detachment?

As we age, the gel-like substance that fills the eye (the vitreous) shrinks and separates from the retina. This is called a vitreous detachment, or posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).  In most cases, a vitreous detachment is not sight-threatening and does not require treatment.

Am I at risk for a Vitreous Detachment?

A vitreous detachment is a common condition that usually affects people over age 50. In fact, 75% of people over age 65 experience a vitreous detachment. Although less common among people in their 40s  and 50s, it is not rare to see the condition in these age groups. In addition to age, nearsightedness also puts you at an increased risk for vitreous detachment. If you have had a vitreous detachment in one eye, you are likely to experience it in the other, but it may not happen for several years. 

Is a Vitreous Detachment ever a serious problem?

A vitreous detachment can be associated with retinal tears and/or retinal detachments. If you are experiencing symptoms of floaters and/or flashes, call Retina Vitreous Associates immediately. Your retinal specialist will help determine whether you are experiencing this sight-threatening condition.