Eye floaters are annoying, but they are usually harmless. There are some situation in which they may require medical attention. Most people consider floaters in the eye to be a natural development of aging; however, it is possible to avoid, minimize or reduce them. In this article, we will share some effective home remedies to help you deal with floaters. Read on to learn more.
How Do You Know You Have Floaters?
You may first believe there is a gnat, a hair or some other small object in front of your eyeball. If you notice gray or black dots or strings in your vision and you cannot bat them away, you know you have floaters. This is often caused by age-related liquefying of the vitreous humor of the eye.
If you notice floaters, you should see your ophthalmologist to rule out any serious problems. In most cases, they are harmless; however, if many floaters develop suddenly you should see your doctor right away.
What Can You Do To Reduce Floaters In Eyes Naturally?
Naturally, you should follow your ophthalmologist’s advice; however, there are also a number of common sense home remedies you can use to minimize, reduce and relieve problems caused by floaters.
- Avoid toxicity. Rid yourself of addictions to sugar, alcohol, drugs, tobacco and other toxins.
- Stay hydrated. Good hydration keeps your whole body healthy and detoxified and can keep the liquid in your eyes fresh and clean.
- Eat right! A diet containing an ample amount of antioxidants will help prevent and reduce damage caused by free radicals, which can cause eye floaters. Add these foods to your diet: Pomegranate, Strawberries, Blueberries, Oranges, Kale.
- Get plenty of taurine. This nutrient, found in seafood and meat, is extremely beneficial for good vision.
- Rest your eyes. Eyestrain contributes to floaters. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and to rest your eyes for five or ten minutes per hour throughout the day.
- Massage your eyes. Close your eyes and gently massage the area surrounding them to relax the muscles. Study an acupressure chart to learn the most effective points to massage around the eyes.
- Apply cool or warm compresses. Soak a cloth in warm or cool water and lay it over your closed eyes. Rest for a few minutes.
- Try cupping. Rub your palms together to create friction heat and cup your warm palms over your closed eyes to rest and rejuvenate them when you are not at home.
- Manage stress. Good stress management benefits your whole body, including your eyes. Yoga is especially beneficial as you can practice with your eyes closed, and inverted postures help increase blood circulation to the head and eyes.
- Exercise your eyeballs. Try these exercises several times daily: Roll your eyes clockwise, Roll your eyes anti-clockwise. Shift your focus by moving a small object toward and away from your face. Move a small object back and forth and follow it with your eyes.
- Use proper lighting. Don’t watch television, work on your computer, read or do crafts without good lighting. This can cause eyestrain and lead to floaters.
- Don’t zone out. Avoid watching TV or looking at a computer monitor for extended periods of time. Take frequent breaks and rest and exercise your eyes between screen sessions.
- Use sunglasses appropriately. Wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from sun damage. Take them off when you go indoors.
If your floaters persist or worsen, discuss intervention with your ophthalmologist. He or she may suggest surgery or laser therapy to remove the floaters.