Floaters, flashes, and retinal tears

Published: March, 2008

Seeing things? Usually it's just the harmless "stuff" of age-related eye changes, but occasionally it's a sign of something more serious.

Like the rest of the body, the eyes change as we grow older. Some changes set the stage for serious eye problems, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. But others are more annoyances than medical problems. For example, almost everyone over the age of 50 develops some degree of presbyopia — difficulty focusing on near objects. A pair of reading glasses is the usual remedy.

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