Conditions & Diseases

Seeing Spots: Flashes and Floaters

As you age, it is com­mon to expe­ri­ence changes with your eyes and vision. In fact, between the ages of 45 and 80, most adults will find it increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to see things up close, a con­di­tion called pres­by­opia. You may also begin to notice mild visu­al dis­rup­tions such as flash­es and floaters. In some cas­es, they are caused by nor­mal, age-relat­ed changes with­in your eyes. Oth­er times, they may be a symp­tom of a more seri­ous med­ical con­di­tion, requir­ing imme­di­ate atten­tion. Oph­thal­mol­o­gist and reti­na spe­cial­ist, Shan­tan Red­dy, MD, shares symp­toms to watch for and when to seek med­ical care.