How is posterior vitreous detachment treated?

If the posterior vitreous detachment has occurred without associated retinal tears, therapy is not required or indicated. The vitreous will continue to age and liquefy and floaters will usually become less and less noticeable.

If a retinal tear has occurred, treating the retinal tear with laser or cryopexy (a freezing treatment to close the tear) is usually recommended. Surgery will be indicated if the tear has progressed to a retinal detachment.

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