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Hello Dr Shroff,
I read in your book "Eye on Numbers" that the amount of liquefied vitreous in those who are older and with PVD is higher than in younger ones and those without PVD.  And that the concentration of hyaluronic acid is significantly lower with those without PVD. I've seen the flashing lights from PVD, luckily no retinal tear (retina checked by optometrist).  Will taking hyaluronic acid supplements (100mg per day) help restore my vitreous to its healthy non-watery state?  Thanks.  (I'm a layman, 58 with myopia.)  

Dear Usuff,

Thank you for the interest in my book.
However, this book is only for Postgraduate students and not lay people.

Coming to your vision issue, taking the supplements may or may not help as there are no published data that shows a definitive benefit on the same, however, no harm in trying it if recommended by your optom.

The vitreous gets liquified as an age related process and usually the sign is that of floaters.
These settle down in most with time.

It is important that you get an annual retnal check done regardless.

Hope this helps,
Dr Anand Shroff  

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