How to Get Rid of Eye Floaters Naturally

How to Get Rid of Eye Floaters Naturally

You’re staring at a blank wall when you notice small moving figures. They seem to squirm and squiggle across the wall. What is going on? Besides hallucinating from psychoactive drugs, you could be seeing floaters. These weird shapes and squiggles can be alarming if you’ve never noticed them before. The truth is, it’s normal to see some floaters when you stare at a blank surface or a clear blue sky.

It’s when they appear suddenly, or more than usual, that you need to worry.

In some cases, floaters can block your vision. They may appear in such high concentrations that they impede your sight. This is very dangerous when driving and crossing the street. It’s also a sign of an underlying eye condition.

What Are Floaters? Why Do I Have Them?

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 tends to become “stringy” and develops small deposits. When light hits these deposits, they cast a shadow on the retina, the light-sensitive membrane at the back of the eye. That’s how we wind up seeing floaters in the eye.

Floaters can take on some alarming shapes. Shocking enough that they drive a number of people to seek medical attention after noticing them. Luckily, most of the time, floaters aren’t a symptom of anything severe. Those currently seeing some stringy, transparent shapes probably don’t have much cause for alarm. However, some eye diseases display with floaters as symptoms. It’s important to be aware of how often you see them. Any increase in frequency or concentration deserves a visit to the eye doctor.

When Are Floaters Dangerous?

As we age, it becomes more common to see floaters. It’s also more common for this population to suffer from wear and tear in the eyes. For people over the age of 50, floaters could be a sign of age-related changes. There could also be a sign of bleeding in the eye, a torn retina, or inflammation in the back of the eye.

Besides aging, people with diabetic retinopathy are more likely to see floaters. They can also be a result of complications from cataract surgery or eye trauma. If you’re over the age of 50 and suffer from any of these conditions, seeing floaters is reason to see your doctor.

Eye Floater Treatment

How to Get Rid of Eye Floaters NaturallyIf the floaters become dense enough to impede vision, 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.

This surgery is an effective remedy, but it’s a dangerous one. Eyes are sensitive and don’t take well to highly intrusive surgery. Vitrectomies can cause a 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, physicians rarely suggest vitrectomies to fix floaters. Only truly serious, vision-damaging cases are ever referred this far. 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. Of course, sudden increases should cause a visit to the doctor to ensure no serious condition is underlying them. But, for the average individual, floaters will never be much more than an occasional nuisance. Here are some natural ways to manage floaters:

1. Flick the Floaters

No, not with your fingers. 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 move precisely with your eyes. Thanks to the momentum it will keep going even after eyes stop. Fast eye movements flick floaters away from the sensitive center of your field of vision, making them much easier to handle.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

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. They also say to use caution if you do want to try it because there’s no real understanding of its side effects when used to deal with floaters.

3. Prevention Is Key

Even if you’re only starting to experience floaters, you can slow down the progress of whatever disease is underlying them with prevention. The health of your eyes depends on getting a list of key nutrients that protect and boost it. Although no specific nutrient is proven to remove floaters, there is something to be said for preventing floaters by staying healthy. Antioxidants, omega-3s, and zinc are all hugely beneficial to the eyes. To prevent conditions that cause floaters, eat a nutrient-rich diet and exercise regularly. Get regular checkups with your eye doctor, especially if you notice a sudden onset of floaters.

Long story short: in most cases, it’s best to let the floaters work themselves out on their own. They’ll usually clear up in some time. But, if they don’t and you’re at risk for the conditions listed above, see a doctor. While they’re benign most of the time, they can be a sign of injury or inflammation in the eye. You should take extra care when your floaters start to impede your vision. Although there are some treatments available, prevention is always the best remedy.

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About the Author

Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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24 responses to “How to Get Rid of Eye Floaters Naturally”

  1. Dorjee wangdue says:

    hellow
    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,

  2. david says:

    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 says:

    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

  4. Amble balu says:

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

  5. Muthu kannan says:

    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.

  6. AB says:

    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.

  7. jojo says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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.

  10. sd says:

    This is a very helpful post. thank you!

  11. Anonymous says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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

  15. saadat saghafi says:

    i have much floaters in my eyes .i read and search about this problem.i think we must sleep enough and then use water 6 cup per day.we must exercise 30 minute per day.abandon smoking.use drug decrease stress. i hope scientist or inventor cure this problem as soon as.

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