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    Your Vision in Adulthood and Middle Age

    Spots and objects float through your vision.

    What it could be: Floaters.

    These are tiny specs that hover inside your eyes. They appear when the fluid inside your eye starts to break down with age. Most of the time, floaters are an annoying, harmless issue.

    What to do about it: If you're seeing new floaters all of a sudden, or they start multiplying -- and especially if they occur with flashes of light -- see your eye doctor. Sometimes, the floaters can be a sign of a retinal tear, which can turn into a retinal detachment if you don't get it treated. This is an emergency, because it can lead to permanent vision loss.

    Eye Exams: When Do You Need Them?

    If you are 40 and are having no vision issues, you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist every 2 to 4 years. Go every 1 to 3 years between 55 and 65 and then yearly after that. Visit more often if you have a condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or when you start to have age-related eye problems, typically around age 40. The doctor can monitor your eye health and check for any vision changes.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on January 26, 2016
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