A Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) is not the same as a retinal detachment. A PVD is a condition of the eye in which the vitreous humour (the part that fills the eye behind the lens) separates from the retina.

During a vitreous detachment, the vitreous may pull hard enough on the retina to create a retinal tear. For this reason, any patient who experiences new floaters or flashing lights should see an ophthalmologist immediately to exclude a torn retina.


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South Launceston, TAS 7249

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