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I am 57years old. I have been seeing hair like floaters with dark dots in my left eye for the last 4 to 5 days. It seems to be worst in the day light. I also experience last night a couple of bright light flashing for a second or so. thanks Kate
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Hello,

Welcome to Just Answer;

It is likely that you are experiencing the floaters and flashes symptoms of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) which often occur with aging vitreous (thick clear gel) inside the eye. In general, the aging vitreous tends to collapse and/or form pockets of liquefied vitreous, which causes the edge of the vitreous to become loosely attached or detached from the back of the eye (retina). These pockets of melted vitreous and/or loosely attached/PVD stimulates the retina especially with movement to cause occasional floating and/or flashing sensations. This is often not harmful. It is not retinal detachment, and there is no damage to the retina. The management of PVD is with routine complete dilated eye examination by the retinal eye doctor to exclude any occurrence or associated retinal tear or hole due the the traction of the PVD on the retina from which there could be a future site of retinal detachment. If the symptoms of floaters and/or flashes become severe to obstruct your vision, the retina eye surgery can surgically remove the melted vitreous to resolve the symptoms, but this is uncommon.

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