In some cases, when a PVD occurs, the vitreous separating from the retina can pull too hard on a single spot creating a tear in the retina. Retinal Tears can occur in anyone, but are more common in the elderly, in nearsighted individuals, or those with abnormally strong attachments between the retina and vitreous. Some retinal tears are due to trauma.
While the symptoms of a retinal tear are the same as those of a PVD with flashing lights or new floaters, a retinal tear is a much more serious condition often requiring Laser Treatment to seal the retina to the eye wall. This procedure keeps the tear from progressing into a retinal detachment. It is therefore critical to schedule an eye exam as soon as possible to check for the presence of a retinal tear.