The age of onset of posterior vitreous detachment

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1994 Feb;232(2):67-70. doi: 10.1007/BF00171665.


The age of onset of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) was studied in 930 eyes with a clearly defined onset time and no vitreoretinal diseases except refractive error or equatorial degeneration. We found a positive correlation between onset age of PVD and refractive error, with the regression line y = 0.91 x + 60.93 (y onset age, x diopter of refractive error). The higher the degree of myopia, the younger the onset age of PVD. Comparing onset ages for 240 eyes from males and 690 eyes from females, there was a possible tendency toward a lower PVD onset age for females. There was no significant difference in onset age between 112 eyes with and 818 eyes without equatorial degeneration of the retina.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Eye Diseases / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Refractive Errors / physiopathology
  • Retinal Degeneration / epidemiology*
  • Retinal Degeneration / physiopathology
  • Vitreous Body / physiopathology*