PVD in early 40's :((

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I'm a 42 year old female. About a week ago I started seeing lights in the outer corner of my left eye. It felt like the light you see in a photocopier, lasted for 2, 3 seconds. For a couple of days I didn't think too much and ignored it, until a friend of mine told me this could be a symptom for retinal detachment and I should go see a doctor right away. So I did, and was told that I have PVD (Posteriors Vitreous Detachment) in both eyes. I was told not to worry about retina tear, the chance is very low (phew).

It's been a week since the first symptom and the flashing light seem to have got worse. I read somewhere that the first 6 weeks since the initial symptom is when most retinal tears happen...does that mean I aren't out of the woods yet? My doctor seemed very sure I would be fine...

Also it seems that PVD is common for old aged people. I'm only 42...does it mean that my vision will deteriorate earlier than normal? 

Feeling a bit hopeless...sad((  Would love to hear if someone have similar experience...

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    Hi,i have them in both eyes also. Very hard to relax,mine is still on going and its been a couple of years. I have some very annoying floaters and wierd visual disturbances that make my anxiety go through the roof. I hope you have one of the normal detachments with not many symptoms. My husband gets so annoyed with me,but its hard to deal with.
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      Thanks for your reply lee12629...I see flashes like every 5 mins. I became paronoid and afraid to move my head. sad The ophthalmologist​ said it will eventually go away and it wouldn't lead to reina tear...I hope he's right...I have a few floaters but they haven't bothered me as much as the flashes. Hope your condition improve soon...hang in there!
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      Thanks,im sure your flashes will improve,i dont get that much anymore. That used to really freak me out. I went out and purchased some sunglasses which helped. I avoid doung things now,i have to push my self to try and get through these eye changes. Didnt help that I had anxiety in the first place.
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    hi last year i had a vitreous hammorage with loads of stringy cobweb like floaters that blurred the vision for a while. the blurriness has gone but left with stringy floaters. now for the past few weekr im seeing flashes in the corners of my eye only my right eye is affected. i also suffer from chronic anxiety. im petrified im scared that the drs gonna tell me im going to go blind
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      Usually within 6 months to a year a persons other eye will get a pvd,i have them in both eyes. Im sorry you are going through this,it has made my anxiety go through the roof also. They can cause alot of wierd symptoms. I see floaters of all types and it rules my days. Please know you arent alone. Keep us posted.
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    hi last year i had a vitreous hammorage with loads of stringy cobweb like floaters that blurred the vision for a while. the blurriness has gone but left with stringy floaters. now for the past few weekr im seeing flashes in the corners of my eye only my right eye is affected. i also suffer from chronic anxiety. im petrified im scared that the drs gonna tell me im going to go blind
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    its like looking through a dirty window better with sunglasses issues with anxiety making things worse. also suffering from tinnitus as well.
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    Hey Rhine, I'm only just 40 and I started experiencing all these symptoms 5 months ago. Perfectly healthy, woke up one day with eye pain, thought it was Conjunctivitis and after a week my doctor told me I had eye strain as I work in front of my computer and my optic nerve was inflamed. A few weeks later I noticed a floater in my left eye, still there, now flashes but no pain and eyesight is perfect. This is 4 months later. I think a lot of these symptoms are brought on by stress and anxiety. Obviously it's great to see a doctor but relax also and the body will most likely heal itself in my opinion.

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