Vitreous Detachment

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Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) affects 75% of people over the age of 65 but may be helped with dietary and nutritional changes. The vitreous gel, which is 99% water, is jelly-like and takes up the space between the retina and the lens of the eye. Millions of fine fibers contained in the vitreous attach to the retina surface. There are no blood vessels in the Vitreous Humor. Although mostly water, it does contain cells called "phagocytes" that remove unwanted cellular material, hyaluronic acid, "hyalocytes" that reprocess the hyaluronic acid, salts, sugars, vitrosin (a type of collagen), a network of collagen type II fibers and a wide array of proteins in micronutrients.

Self Help & Tips

As we age, the vitreous becomes increasingly liquid causing a strain on the connective tissue and fibers, so that they separate from the retina causing symptoms which often include eye floaters and flashes.

Vitreous Detachment


Sudden detachment of the vitreous from the macular area usually causes the person to see flashes and floaters. The flashes may look like lightning or electric sparks, and the floaters may look like threads or specks.

Symptoms may last days to weeks. At the first sign of any of the above signs and symptoms, you should always get an immediate dilated retinal examination by your eye doctor.


People who are highly nearsighted are at greater risk of vitreous tears and detachments (as well as retinal tears and detachments).

These detachments can also be caused by trauma to the head. Chronic stress to the eyes such as excessive computer use may also be a contributing factor.

See "Drugs That Harm the Eyes" for a description of potentially harmful drugs.

Conventional Treatment

There is no specific treatment for this condition.

Patient Experience with Nutrients and Acupuncture

Here are excerpts from one patient's experience. - She reported that one doesn't have to "live with" posterior vitreous detachment. See the entire discussion.


At 59 years of age, I still have 20-20 vision and am the only one of my friends who can read the menu in a restaurant without glasses. You can imagine my surprise when, out of the blue, on April 10, 2007, while accompanying my husband to a major retail store on an errand, I experienced what I can only describe as "star wars" in my right eye.


[It continued for 9 days and her doctor said it was part of aging; she talked to Michael Edson at NaturalEyeCare, who made nutritional recommendations and treated her with acupuncture. ]


At this point (6 months later), the flashes have become infrequent - maybe twice a week, if that. The floaters have diminished to the point where I hardly see them. And in most light, including fluorescent light, I usually don't see them at all. Each week the condition has continued to improve - it really has been a steady process of improvement.