A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) occurs with symptoms of floaters and flashes. Such symptoms should lead to early retinal examination within a week.
Although 95% of people will not develop any problems, the few patients who do develop a retinal tear as a result of the PVD will need retinopexy (retinal adhesion with laser or cryo) to prevent the tear progressing to blinding retinal detachment.
A retinal detachment will most likely begin at the periphery of the retina. This means that, while floaters or flashes of light might occur, there may not be any noticeable symptoms.
Surgery is the most likely treatment for retinal detachment. There are two types of surgery:
Your ophthalmologist will explain why they have chosen one surgical option over the other.
First and foremost, the aim of surgery is to stop the progression of the loss of vision. The retinal reattachment rates depend on the extent of the retinal detachment (RD), the duration of RD, the number of retina tears, the size of the retinal tears and the experience of the surgeon.