Here at Rebuild Your Vision, we’re all about taking a healthy and natural approach to eye care. Sometimes for diseases like cataracts, which are a serious vision blurring condition, surgery is a road taken by most. But, the truth is eye surgery is risky, expensive, and comes with a variety of side effects and sometimes complications.
What happens now? You’ve spent thousands of dollars on cataract surgery, yet you have these constant eye floaters obstructing your vision. Now, you have two options: pay for yet another surgical procedure to have them removed, or try some all-natural alternatives.
Floaters, we’ve all encountered them and we’ve all wondered what the heck are they? Well, first off, eye floaters are usually nothing to worry about. A floater here and there in your line of vision is normal. They’ll normally look like small clear strands, but can really be any shape.
When babies are born, the eye is filled with vitreous, which is the substance that keeps the eye round. In babies, the substance has a gel-like consistency. As we age, the vitreous begins to dissolve to create a more watery substance. Sometimes not all of the gel dissolves properly, which is what you’re seeing when you see the floaters.
It is wise to keep an eye on these floaters, because sometimes they can be a sign pointing to a more serious problem. Seeing a cluster of floaters in one spot or having them appear when exposed to flashes of light could mean that the vitreous is tearing away from the retina.
Retinal tears and dislodgments are no joke and can ruin your vision permanently. The inner lining of the eye is filled with nutrients and oxygen that if detached from the retina, will disable it, rendering it unfunctional. An unfunctional retina means an unfunctional eye.
Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
More often than not, cataracts are an age-related disease, however sometimes babies can be born with them (congenital cataracts). Needless to say, in both cases the center of the lens is clouded, making it difficult to see using central vision. Cataracts are usually treated with surgery for both infants and adults alike.
Though there are many ways to prevent age-related cataracts (like protecting your eyes with the right eyewear, proper nutrition, and reducing eye exposure to blue light), sometimes cataracts occur regardless. At this point, it can be difficult to treat and you’ll need to speak to your doctor.
If left untreated, cataracts can cause loss of central vision and sometimes blindness. Cataracts may affect only one eye or both and is not a disease that can spread from one eye to another. Some symptoms include: blurry vision, poor night vision, glare or halos around light sources, and double vision.
The most common treatment for cataracts is cataract removal surgery. Like any surgery, it comes riddled with complications and side effects. Unfortunately, it is the only available option for cataract removal for the time being.
Cataract removal surgery is risky. It is done by first removing the clouded lens, then replacing it with an artificial lens. It can be removed in various ways. The lens can either be removed whole, or removed in pieces. Depending on the surgery type, either a knife or laser will be used to loosen the lens for easier extraction.
This surgery takes less than a half hour, but recovery time can take a month. Sometimes, patients will need eye glasses or contacts after surgery because the surgery does not correct vision conditions like nearsightedness or farsightedness. Unfortunately, cataract surgery can also mask conditions like a detached retina.
Treat Floaters Naturally
So you’ve had the surgery and now you’re stuck with these floaters in your eyes. The first thing you’re going to want to do is visit your doctor to make sure they’re not caused by a detached retina. Done? Good. Now that you know it’s nothing more serious than annoying floaters, let’s focus on what you can do to treat them naturally.
One way to treat them would be to use traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of using natural resources as a source of healing. As a method that has been around for centuries, who are we to criticize?
One way that traditional Chinese medicine treats floaters in the eyes is to consume herbal Chinese medicine. Herbal medicine will help your organs stay strong. Weak organs are often to blame for floaters in the eye in traditional Chinese medicine. You can find a list of herbal formulas here.
Acupuncture, the use of needles on acupuncture points on the body is also a way to naturally reduce floaters. Another method is cupping therapy, which uses special suction cups around the eye to promote blood flow. Acupressure is also known to help with floaters, specifically rubbing your hands together and placing them over your eyes.
Another way you can reduce floaters is to drink lots of water. Sometimes floaters are a result of toxins in the body. What’s the best way to be rid of toxins? Water. Drinking a lot of water won’t just benefit your eye health, but your overall health too. You may also want to cut back on foods and drinks that are high in sodium.
As you cut sodium out, you may want to introduce omega-3 fatty acid into your diet. This can help relive you of the floaters. Omega-3 can be found in fish, fish oil, walnuts, eggs, and chia seeds. Delicious! It’s truly amazing what a healthy diet with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and herbs can do for your eyesight.
If you find yourself stuck with floaters in the eye after your cataract surgery, don’t worry. There are ways to get rid of them safely and naturally, without breaking the bank. Before you start venturing into the home remedies, however, be sure to talk to your doctor.