How to Get Rid of Eye Floaters Naturally

No, we’re not talking about floating eyes; a funny name maybe, but sometimes a big nuisance. If you’ve had them, you know what we’re talking about, but if you’re a little confused right now, there’s a simple test to see if you’ve got eye floaters – go find a blank surface, such as a white wall, or even a blue sky, and stare at it for a bit. If you see some funny specks and squiggles, then you’ve got some eye floaters.

How to Get Rid of Eye Floaters NaturallyRelax, if you have to work to see them, floaters aren’t much of a problem. Many people of all ages experience them and in most cases, they’re more of a curiosity than they are anything else. Even if they are a little alarming, they’re rarely cause for concern.

Of course, there are exceptions. Myopic people can have particular difficulty with floaters and some, particularly older individuals, can even have enough of them to obscure vision and blur incoming light. Also, if you see a very, very sudden increase, it’s time to call for medical help, as that bump is one sign of a detached retina, a bona fide vision emergency.

In other words, those of you currently watching some stringy, transparent shapes, you probably don’t have much cause for alarm. However, you may have some questions about exactly what it is you’re looking at right now.

Floater Facts

Floaters can take on some fairly alarming shapes. Enough so that they drive a decent number of people to seek medical attention after noticing them. But odd as they are, they have a very benign explanation. At root, floaters are small imperfections in the vitreous humor, a normally clear layer of jelly-like material that fills the eye.

As we age, the vitreous humor begins to shrink. When it does, it has a tendency to become “stringy” and develops small deposits. When light hits these, they in turn cast a shadow on the retina, the light-sensitive membrane at the back of the eye. And that’s how we wind up seeing floaters in the eye, which are often described as worm-like or stringy in appearance.

An awful lot of us have these, with percentages increasing in older populations and, for the most part, they’re benign. However, it’s certainly possible for floaters to become a larger problem. If the vitreous humor becomes significantly clouded, floaters can start to cover a field of vision – doubly a problem as they tend to move with the eyes, making them a particularly distracting visual disorder.

Eye Floater Treatment

If floaters become dense enough, the next step is treatment or removal. There is a surgical solution: physicians can perform a vitrectomy by removing floater-filled vitreous humor, then replacing it with a saline solution.

An effective remedy, but also a dangerous one. Eyes are sensitive and don’t take well to highly intrusive surgery. Vitrectomies can cause an enormous number of complications. Some of these, such as infection, are common to all surgeries. However, vitrectomies also carry a few more unique risks, including retinal detachment – a serious effect that can result in blindness. Many patients will also develop a cataract, or a clouding of the eye.

Because of these effects, most of which are serious enough to offset the benefits for the average patients, physicians are extremely loath to turn to vitrectomies to fix floaters. Only truly serious, vision-damaging cases are ever referred this far and for most of us, a better bet is to turn to less invasive, gentler means of management.

Natural Management of Floaters

Perhaps the simplest treatment for most eye floaters is to ignore them – sudden increases should be cause to seek medical help and serious cases can wind up legitimately hampering vision, but for the average individual, floaters will never be much more than an occasional nuisance.

Rapidly moving eyes up and down or left to right can help “flick” floaters away from the center of your field of vision. Their free-floating state makes this movement work. The vitreous humor, and the floaters inside it, moves precisely with your eyes, but will keep going even after eyes stop, thanks to momentum. Fast eye movements concentrate floaters away from the sensitive center of your field of vision, making them much easier to handle.

Some individuals use hyaluronic acid to help clear up floaters. Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, does have a history of use as a recovery agent following eye surgery; however, it doesn’t have much of a proven track record as a floater fixer. Plenty of empirical sources swear by hyaluronic acid, but use caution if you do want to try it; there’s also no real understanding of its side effects when used to deal with floaters.

You’re also likely to see sites advertising herbal cures for floaters. Take these with a grain of salt – again, most will have plenty of empirical evidence to back them up, but very little in the way of proven effects. Many are also liable to be extraordinarily expensive. Antioxidants in particular are often marketed as cures, and while they are good for your eyes, they don’t really have much merit as far as floaters go.

Long story short: give cures some thought before you buy them. Keep the underlying causes of floaters in mind and be on the watch for pseudoscience. At the end of the day, your best bet is almost always to let them work themselves out. Only start hunting for cures if you notice them having a consistent effect on your vision.


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  1. Dorjee wangdue #

    i am dorjee, i got eyefloater to my left eye after operated my right eye, but i asked doctor and she told me not to worry, but it is geting increase, so are there any method to get rid off it,
    thannk you ,,please answer me as soon as possible, it would be very helpful,, i am 29 year old now,

    • Anonymous #

      I also have a eye floater ..what should I do now ?

    • Fe #

      Get your blood pressure checked by a doctor. High blood pressure is a usual suspected cause. Eat dark colored vegetables and eggs to get your antioxidants which will help your eyes. Sea vegetables like kelp , seaweed, dulse will help you nutritionally.

  2. david #

    hi this is me david and I have eye floaters on both eyes and its been for one years. can you help me to remove it from my eyes

  3. Anonymous #

    when i was younger i would get them and i could roll my eye balls up and they would go behind my eyes and stay there ,but after cateract surgery i have little dots in frint of my left eye and it looks like nats flying all over and driveing me crazzy, MARY

    • Babiejo #

      Please try hyaluronic acid. The manager at my local vitamin store recommended it to me and it truly does work! I am baffled, but I took two capsules and it really did help.

      • Aaron #

        How long did it take to work?,

      • Tanja #

        Did it get rid of your floaters

  4. Amble balu #

    Try SUPER VISION capsules from Trader Joe. It may help.

  5. Muthu kannan #

    Iam learning 12th std.coz of this eye floaters I was unable to concentrate in my studies.please suggest me a effective remedy to cure this…….thankyou.

    • Anonymous #

      Eat carrot and orange and drink 12glass water everyday

      • Billy Joel #

        That doesn’t help i have done tha

  6. AB #

    Doctors Best Natural Vision Enhancers plus bilberry plus hyaluronic acid. Worked for me to reduce floaters dramatically. I always take Trader Joe’s Super Vision – alone it does nothing for me, but I do take it in addition to the above. And additional Krill Oil for the DHA and EPA. I needed a full complement of supplements. YMMV.

    • Anonymous #

      How long did it take for it to work

  7. jojo #

    Thanks to all u 4 the question and answers, hope all will help the few of us who are in need, ……….keep sharing the good news,……. ty,, AND BLESS US ALL..

  8. Mrs susan pullen #

    I have a floater in my eye also have glaucoma I have been advised to rest for a month no stress and no heavy lifting is this to make sure that the retina won’t detach and if it’s okay after the month can I resume normally

  9. James #

    Who has eye floaters. I do. It drives me crazy. Big lines, shapes. 100 or so dots. The days are long with eye floaters. Thinking I will stay up at night and sleep during the day. Only thing I can say to people is avoid surgery. Have been to the best eye doctors going around and they indicated it would be crazy to operate on a healthy eye. If anyone can suggest anything that would be greatly appreciated. Mostly people take advantage of how desperate you are, and come after your cash.

    • b #

      When I get a sore eye I just close the eye I’m having trouble so perhaps you should consider an eye patch

  10. sd #

    This is a very helpful post. thank you!

  11. Anonymous #

    Wear dark sunglasses to blend in floaters, especially when it’s is bright outside or when using a computer or looking at anything that has a bright background, until you we all find a remedy. Now doing research to find a natural cure, we are not alone but together find a solution.

  12. Hnin Shwe Zin #

    I also have eye florers. It drives me crazy. My new University campus is all with white wall and I can see eye floaters all the time. What should I do?

  13. Hal #

    There are some doctors that specializes in removing eye floaters with laser treatment. I had this done after I developed quite a lot of them in both eyes after a bacterial infection. It’s fairly expensive (around $2,000/eye in my case), not perfect, but it did work and removed probably 60-70% of all the floaters. It’s now 4 years laters and I do still get floaters every now and then, but nothing as bad as it was. Do your research and make sure you get a very good doctor to do this, it’s a fairly complex procedure and requires great skill.

  14. LC #

    My floaters came after bouts of Retinal detachments in both eyes, my eye Dr told me to just ignore the floaters easier said than done, surgery is an option but that the surgery causes cataracts that would mean another surgery grrr, so I’m going to try some of the things I have read on this post thank you all for your in put

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