Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Doctor DanB : Everybody is different. Your PVDs will not go away but will likely improve over time. If the PVD is evolving it can take a few weeks, a few months, or a couple of days to fully evolve. However, your flashing lights will likely improve with time. For most patients this takes 4 to 6 weeks to see noticeable improvement in frequency of the flashing lights. However it can take as little as 1-2 weeks or several months. Does this make sense?
Customer: Yes. I was just surprised that I read about people seeing better after a few weeks but then I was still see the same (not worse) flashes. Since everyone is different is that why my retina specialist was not concerned? Is there anything more I need to do besides let them know if it increases? Is it normal that its bothersome in dim light?
Doctor DanB : It is very normal to be bothersome in the dim light. And no I don't think you should do anything different except notify your retina specialist if it increases in frequency or changes significantly in character or the vision changes significantly. I would stand pat and not worry too much about this. You sound very average for this condition at this point. Make sense?
Doctor DanB : Do you have any other questions about this?
Customer: Its always great to hear that you're average :) phew. The Internet can be a scary place when you start typing in symptoms. One more question, when I was driving in the car the sunshine was a bit bothersome, too. It's obvious in the dim rooms and then when I looked at the sky while in the car. Still normal? (Last question, I swear)
Doctor DanB : That's also normal for it to be a bit bothersome. Because the vitreous jelly is connected to your pupils, as your pupils change shape significantly in the sunlight it can be bothersome. I wouldn't worry too much about this either.
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