Complications of acute posterior vitreous detachment

Am J Ophthalmol. 1975 Jul;80(1):44-6. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(75)90866-1.


Of 201 patients whose presenting symptoms were acute entoptic phenomena or photopsia, or both, 150 patients had posterior vitreous detachment; 69 patients (46%) had retinal breaks; 18 (12%) had a vitreous hemorrhage without detectable retinal breaks; and two (1.3%) had peripheral retinal hemorrhages without retinal breaks or vitreous hemorrhage. Retinal breaks that occur in eyes in conjunction with acute posterior vitreous detachment are potentially dangerous and there is a possibility of delayed break formation.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Cysts / etiology
  • Eye Diseases / complications
  • Female
  • Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Macula Lutea
  • Male
  • Retinal Diseases / etiology
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Vitreous Body*