Posterior vitreous detachment is a normal physiologic event of aging, in which the vitreous gel detaches from the retina. This usually occurs between the ages of 60 and 80. Symptoms of this condition include the sudden onset of transient flashes of light and floaters. While annoying, these symptoms usually resolve over several weeks. Rarely, the detaching of the vitreous results in a retinal tear or a retinal detachment. Thus it is important to have a good retinal exam when a PVD occurs.
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