So, Wednesday afternoon I started seeing these odd flashes of light in my peripheral vision. I thought I was seeing reflections from somewhere so I kind of ignored it. Then I noticed it was always in one eye. And there were a few more 'floaters' than I normally have. I've had some pretty consistent floaters all my life but they aren't always noticeable. These were. After my wife got home from work, we were talking and I happened to mention them to her. She immediately got on the phone to the eye doc and got in me. I was there about 15 minutes before they closed. Turned out she was worried about a retinal tear. Luckily that was not the case. I have what's officially known as Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Evidently it happens to a lot of folks when they get older (so I'm not sure why I have the problem :) The vitreous fluid (jelly) in your eye starts to shrink a bit and detach from the retina/back of your eye. For most folks it's just an annoyance but it can lead to some severe issues that could entail surgery to fix. We caught mine very early. In spite of dilating my eyes until I could see in complete darkness and then taking pictures, the doc couldn't even see that it was happening yet. He said it could take 4 to 6 weeks to resolve but I also read online that it could be up to a year. And that if it happens in one eye it'll probably happen in the other within about a year. I have a followup appointment tomorrow but so far things are going pretty good. I rarely see the flashes now but I definitely have more (and more prominent) floaters. Those are a PITA since they're always moving around. At any rate, this is just me telling you folks that are in the target range that if you start seeing flashes of light or more floaters that you should have it taken a look at as soon as you can. It really could affect the rest of your life if you're not as lucky as I have been so far.