SINCE FOLKS kindly commented on the vision issues I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to add a small clarification about what I wrote. Like many, I am increasingly near sighted and have had floaters for years. Floaters are common (and as I understand it) usually due to harmless bits of broken gel behind the eye that the brain, in time, can actually forget is there. My floaters increased significantly, however, after a torn retina to one eye over a year ago. Since then, the other eye has also had an increase in visual anomalies … but no torn retina. The best guess is that my most recent and differing anomalies are due simply to more debris from detaching gel. In addition, the fluorescein angiogram I had showed drusen deposits. Although this can signal macular degeneration development, my doctor suggested I need not fear this potential visual impairment any time soon and quite possibly never. We all treasure our eyesight but when it is threatened, gratitude for life’s visual wonders (and excellent eyewear) overflows.