Are there any activities I should avoid if I have Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?

Most people with a Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) can carry on with their normal day-to-day activities with no restrictions because there is no evidence to show that certain activities can cause complications with your PVD. Some ophthalmologists advise that high impact exercise should be avoided during the first six weeks after the start of a PVD as this is when the risk of having a retinal tear or detachment is highest..

There is no evidence either way that any of the following activities will cause any problems with your PVD, but some people may be advised to or choose to avoid:

  • Very heavy lifting, energetic or high impact exercises, such as running or aerobics.
  • Playing contact sports, such as rugby, martial arts, or boxing.
  • Inverted positions in activities such as yoga or Pilates.

You should always ask your ophthalmologist for advice about what activities you should avoid doing and for how long as the advice given may depend on whether they feel your retina may be particularly at risk, for example if you are very short sighted or have a history of eye surgery.

You can carry on with daily activities such as walking, gentle exercising, reading, watching TV, cooking, and using your computer.

For more information on PVD please see What is posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?

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