How To Prevent Eye Floaters
Eye floaters are small, irregular shapes that appear in one’s vision field. They are comprised of protein clumps that appear as blobs, cobwebs, dots, strands, etc. while they are quite annoying, they’re not harmful and chances are, you really won’t even notice them most of the time.
As we get older, the occurrence of floaters, known as myodaeopsia, become much more prevalent due to the changes that take place in the eye. Light passes through the lens of your eye- then through the vitreous humor, to your retina. You are able to see the floaters because they cast a shadow on your retina.
These floaters are likely to appear as irregular shapes, bits of thread, or spots that are slowly floating along your field of vision. Most of the time, you won’t even notice them because, in relation to the retina, they are “fixed” in place. Over time your brain gets adjusted to them and you’ll no longer pay attention to them at all.
In most cases, they are more of an annoyance than a signal that something more serious is going on. Of course, that is, unless there is a sudden increase in the number and location of the floaters. If you have a ring of floaters on the edge of your vision or a sudden increase in the number you have been having, it’s a good idea to see a specialist as soon as possible.
Conventional Treatment of Floaters
Here are a couple of the conventional treatments for floaters. However, be aware that these come with risks and potentials for complications, so they’re not used very often.
- Vitrectomy: this is a surgical procedure that can cause vitreal detachment, retinal detachment, damage to the optic nerve, and cataracts.
- Laser Treatments: this does have a low risk of complications, but a high risk of not working for you
Complementary Treatments of Floaters
Following are some complementary treatments for floaters. Some of these may also be useful for prevention of floaters as well.
You can add some fresh veggie/fruit juices to your diet. It’s best to go with organic, if at all possible. One recipe that helps with the vitreous humor includes a combo of apples, beets, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley, and raspberries. You may find it helpful to do some research on how to do your own juicing.
This is a large molecule that is found in the vitreous gel. Experts state that this could be what contributes to the gel-like quality of the vitreous gel and also offers support to the related connective tissue. This is also found in the gel-like fluid in your joints and is part of the healing process of tissues. As we get older, the amount of hyaluronic acid will decrease.
This is a substance that helps your connective tissue maintain its integrity. Some of the eye floaters you experience are due to a disintegration of the lining of your vitreous sac in your eyes. Glucosamine sulfate could help with slowing down the natural aging process of the weakening vitreous. Many individuals report an increase in floaters when they have disorders of the joints that are related to chronic and systemic inflammation.
This is a very powerful antioxidant that is critical for overall eye health. Typically, floaters are the result of vitreous detachments or clumping of the vitreous gel due to the aging process. Since Vitamin C is involved in blood/lymph circulation, elimination of waste from the body, and connective tissue support, it could also be helpful in reducing eye floaters.
This is an amino acid that assists in removing heavy metals/other toxins from the body that could contribute to eye disorders. This chemical plays a role in the synthesis of taurine and cystine which are two other very important amino acids for the health of your eyes.
This material is helpful in supporting the health of connective tissue- both in the eyes and in the rest of the body. Experts have determined that lower calcium levels (compared to phosphorus) is related to an increase in floaters.
Eye floaters are irregular shapes that can have an effect on your vision. In most cases, they are not harmful, just annoying. Even if they are bothersome, the disadvantages of the medical treatments scares people. However, you can try these natural prevention treatments.