Managing the patient
- Most cases of floaters are due to posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) or vitreous degeneration. You can manage a patient in your practice if you confirm they have a PVD after dilated ocular examination and:
- vision is unchanged
- no retinal tear or detachment is present
- no pigment is present in the anterior vitreous
- the patient is well informed about what symptoms to expect if the retina does break or detach subsequently, and
- you issue the patient with written information to support your diagnosis and advice.