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Ophthalmology. 2004 Sep;111(9):1705-7.

Time course of development of posterior vitreous detachment in the fellow eye after development in the first eye.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Asahikawa Medical College, Asahikawa, Japan. hikichi@asahikawa-med.ac.jp

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine when posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) develops in the fellow eye after development in the first eye.

DESIGN:

Prospective, observational case series.

PARTICIPANTS:

Fifty-one patients with acute unilateral PVD participated in the study.

METHODS:

All patients underwent a comprehensive ocular examination, including a dynamic vitreous examination using biomicroscopy with and without a preset lens and retinal examination with scleral depression, every 3 months at least until PVD developed in the fellow eye.

RESULTS:

Posterior vitreous detachment developed in 4 eyes (8%) within 6 months, 12 eyes (24%) within 1 year, 24 eyes (47%) within 18 months, 33 eyes (65%) within 2 years, 41 eyes (80%) within 30 months, and 46 eyes (90%) within 3 years. In 5 eyes (10%), PVD did not develop during the follow-up period of more than 3 years.

CONCLUSIONS:

Posterior vitreous detachment develops frequently in the fellow eye from 6 months to 2 years after development in the first. These findings are useful for the management of patients with unilateral PVD.

PMID:
15350326
DOI:
10.1016/j.ophtha.2004.02.015
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