Fighting the Fear of Posterior Vitreous Detachment

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Sounds scary, huh? Guess what? It is. Six days after I turned 55, I was diagnosed with Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD). I had no clue what was in store for me or the fear I would feel when I left the optometrist’s office. I just knew I started seeing things. Things that shouldn’t be there. Spots, specks, wispy looking strands, and a ring. I thought it’d stop, but unfortunately, it didn’t.

Every day I’d wake up seeing spots, specks, and things I never even dreamt possible. What was this newfound hell, and would it ever end? I don’t know, and from all, I could find on the Internet there is no cure.

The Diagnosis

Best of all, you are read the right of passage once you are diagnosed with PVD, you have three months you must live through where there could be possibly be a retinal detachment.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. My worse fear was finally here, and here is a major health problem. I guess I had escaped all I could.

My heart sank when I begin to research PVD and what could be done or not done about it. How long was I supposed to live in this hell?

If I’m lucky and fortunate I’ll have a good six-week checkup with no torn retinal or detachment. Does this sound lucky to you? No, me neither but at this point, I’ll take it.

The young eye doctor looked at me and said, “It sucks.” I’m thinking well it can’t be that bad. That was six weeks earlier.

Living the PVD Life

Every day for the last six weeks, I’ve waken up, walked outside, and looked to see if the floaters were still there. I’d sit until my body woke up and then they’d surround my vision.

I’ve prayed, I’ve cried and prayed and some days I’ve just cried. Why me? Why now, and why ever? Six days after turning 55 the vitreous humor in my eye decided the bell had been rung, my ship had sailed, or my time clock had ticked and it was time to pay the price for all these years of good health.

My Only Encourager

I honestly don’t know what I’d done without the presence and encouragement of my husband. He listened but had no idea what I was seeing.

He told me I’d be okay when I didn’t think I could face another day. He took me to my second eye exam and even paid for it!

He hugged me, consoled me and even when in my darkest days I needed it so. I am eternally grateful for all my husband did even though he may never know how his simple presence encouraged me.

I imagined fighting this battle alone, and the thought that I wasn’t would cheer me up. I had a place to live and my little family. My husband and our loving cat, Jax.

I honestly felt helpless, hopeless, and unsure of what the future held. I was no longer scheduling my next hair appt. or planning my pedicure or even wearing makeup. I was sitting, just sitting and looking for my symptoms to disappear.

I guess I googled “How long do floaters last and Posterior Vitreous Detachment,” a hundred times. The answers were still the same, but I prayed to find a success story.

Better News

I think I’ll be my own success story. Today, I went for my six-week checkup and had a full eye dilation and exam.

Thank God there aren’t any retinal tears or a retinal detachment. I was thrilled to hear this wonderful news.

I also learned that PVD had occurred in my other eye since the last visit. I must admit I was a bit unsure about this news but glad to done with this condition at the same time.

The floaters are getting lighter, less noticeable and the eye doctor said they should go away in time. I’m not sure if this will be two months or six but I feel hopeful they will soon.

Life can throw you a lot of curve balls, and this one knocked me off my feet. I’d say it’s in the top five of the battles I’ve fought and that’s saying a lot.

I’ve prayed like I’ve not prayed in a very long time. I’ve felt God’s presence and I’m seeing his hand working on my eyes.

PVD Facts

Did you know that every person will go through PVD at some point? Below are some facts I’ve learned:

  • The average age for this condition ranges from 55-60.
  • This can occur suddenly and acutely.
  • Seeing floaters all at once is a common symptom of PVD.
  • Floaters should dissipate in time, and that may range from a few weeks to six months.
  • There is no recommended treatment for floaters.
  • Getting a full eye exam is the only way you can be diagnosed with this condition, and you should get a checkup six weeks after your diagnosis.
  • Doing this will determine if there is a retinal tear or detachment.

This has been a life-changing experience for me. I never knew the devastation this condition would bring my way. However, I’m confident I will get entirely better, and my faith has me holding on to this every day.

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