PVD.....three years and counting

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  I was taking Statin tablets three years ago for slightly raised cholestorol after doctor suggested trying tnem,two weeks in I complained that my vision was blurry and the doctor reduced the dosage but within another week I was seeing a cloudy cobwebby mass going through my line of vision in my left eye.

I was sent to hospital after being told by my doctors to take no more of the statins,the eye department at hospital said I had had a PVD and told me also no more statins.On asking if they had caused the problem they refused to comment either way.The following week I was at my doctors with very sore eyes and was diagnosed with DES as well now.

They told me after examination on that first visit what a PVD was and said the floaters would dissapear by the end of the coming winter,however three years on they have increased causing me another worrying visit to hospital plus another problem cataracts forming in both eyes.After doing lots of research I discovered that the hospital apart from giving out leaflets and advising,water,omega 3,eyedrops,hoping your brain will stop acknowledging the floaters etc etc that its very rare to get rid of them other than biting the bullet and having them lazered or the saline fluid replacement op.

Despondent is the word that sums up my feelings.


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    I would go see a retina specialist 
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      I am a type 2 diabetic Stephanie,diet controlled,my sugar levels are all under control and I do get my retinopathy x ray done regularly each year so have presumed that those x rays are looked at by a retina expert who send me my resuts,I certainly hope they are retina specialists as the people who take the x ray certainly are not.
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    Thank you for your post, Jacqblue. I have had my PVD for 3 months; I had flashes and went to my optician who sent me to A&E (at Moorfields). I had a follow-up 6 weeks later and was told it would clear up by itself in 3-6 months approximately, and I was discharged from the vitreo-retinal clinic. However, I still have the same floater and get flashes when out at night, but it is the haze (similar to the ‘cloudy cobwebby mass’ that you mention) which is the most annoying, although my visual acuity with glasses is still 6/6.

    You mention the possibility of ‘lazering’ and of a ‘saline replacement operation’; which conditions are these for? I am not clear, but anything for PVD is of interest to me. According to the RNIB website, PVDs happen to almost everyone as they get older. But it seems that very few people have heard of them.

    The most helpful information I have had was from annie93193 on this forum who wrote that if the PVD detaches "completely" there should be no problem, but whilst the PVD is incomplete there is a risk of complications such a tear in the retina, or a retinal detachment.

     I hope this helps. Sorry I cannot comment on the points you mention. Good luck, keep on at the medics for answers!

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      In answer to your question with regards any treatment out there they are firstly a Vitrectomy which is the saline replacement for the viscose.The other option the laser treatment they call Vitreolysis.

      I only know about these treatments through my many hours spent looking for treatment or advise about the floater problem I am not an expert so would advise you to have a look online.

      The first option has a lot of risks involved including loss of sight so that's probably the reason it is not suggested to you by the medical profession although it is done by them in certain circumstances.

      The latter option is individual troublesome floaters zapped with a laser but that one is fairly new so has no record yet of any problems in the long term.I think it maybe only done privately through clinics and can be expensive and again carries risks.

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      Thank you for the speedy reply. It would seem that these treatments are probably not appropriate for me at the moment. But it is good to know that research and improvements are in progress.
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