Saturday morning I was graced with the oddly unsettling experience of seeing jagged brown arcs flashing brightly in the periphery of my left eye. I'm normally a wait and see what happens kind of person before heading off to the doctor, but this really freaked me out, so I called my eye doctor, who fortunately was open and able to fit me in. Long story short, it turned out to be vitreous detachment. Basically, the goo ball inside of my eyeball is shrinking and detaching from the retina. (Yay for being over 50 and nearsighted! ) It takes several weeks to a few months to fully process. The condition itself is annoying but not dangerous, but it can turn into a retinal detachment, which is much more serious. My doctor told me I'd done the right thing by coming in, saying that her neighbor had a retinal detachment but waited a few days before coming in. The story trailed off into ominous silence from there. For now I just need to avoid physically jarring activities like running and horseback riding, which fortunately won't be an issue for me , and if I don't see any worsening (lightning storm of flashes, lots of new floaters, black curtain across my vision), just come in for follow up visits in the coming weeks so they can monitor it. I'm finding that my eye is a bit more sore and sensitive than usual, but I don't know if that's mainly just because I'm hyper-aware of it. So the PSA is that if you see weird things happening in your eyeball, don't wait to get it checked out!