Posterior Vitreous Detachment: Current Concepts and Management

Alan Ang, FRCO; Arabella V. Poulson, FRCO; David R.J. Snead, FRCP; Martin P. Snead, Md, FRCO

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True PVD is characterized by separation of the PHM from the retina and not just by cortical gel collapse. It represents a significant event to the eye with respect to the risk of development of retinal tears. It is important to be able to diagnose PVD clinically and also to examine the detached PHM in detail for completeness of PVD.

Recognizing the symptoms of PVD and risk factors for retinal breaks is helpful in determining the timing of initial assessment of affected patients, as it may allow timely intervention of PVD-related complications before vision is affected in the predisposed eye.