Many cataract surgery patients experience posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) after their cataract operation. Satish Modi, M.D. a Cataract Surgeon in NY at Seeta Eye Centers with offices serving the Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Carmel, New York explained why. “While there might not be a direct cause and effect relationship we can point to, there are in fact a number of reasons why we see more patients with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) after their cataract surgery.” Some possible factors that may contribute to this experience include:
- The vitreous changes that lead to vitreous liquefication and instability and ultimately PVD are age-related, as are cataracts and the need for cataract surgery.
- Removal of a cataract can allow mechanical space shifts in the vitreous gel and perhaps increase the odds of PVD.
- Biochemical changes actually do occur following cataract surgery and these appear to increase the likelihood of PVD, particularly if the posterior lens capsule is opened.
- Unusual complications of cataract surgery can disrupt the integrity of the vitreous gel and increase the odds of PVD.
“As a practical matter, what we know clinically is that it is pretty typical for some 50% or more of patients undergoing cataract surgery to experience a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), with some patients noticing visual symptoms including a “cobweb” or some floaters,” explained Dr. Modi. “If the visual symptoms become excessive or are accompanied by a curtain or veil in your vision, or perhaps distortion of your vision, we want to hear from you immediately.”
If you or someone you know has a question about cataracts, cataract surgery, bladeless laser cataract surgery or posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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