If you’re like most people, you probably take your vision for granted most of the time. However, when something is out of the ordinary, not only is it easy to tell right away when something is wrong but we tend to assume the worst.
Eye floaters are one of those issues that many of you may experience at some point in your life and are very common. While most of the time there is no need for alarm but sometimes eye floaters can be a symptom of an underlying eye condition.
You should always see your eye doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing eye floaters for the first time but if you know the cause, here is a little background and a few ideas on how to get rid of eye floaters.
Eye floaters are debris that often looks like little strings, cobwebs or specks that move throughout your vision. The reason that we can see them is that they block out a small amount of light that casts a shadow on your retina. While most causes are age-related, there are some more serious reasons behind eye floaters as well.
- Migraines or headaches
- Posterior vitreous detachment
- Retinal tears
*If you experience a sudden onset of eye floaters that may or may not be accompanied with flashes of light, you should see your doctor ASAP. This is usually a sign of a potential tear in the retina that may result in blindness if not treated immediately.
5 Tips for Helping Normal Eye Floaters
If the floaters are a major nuisance or severely hinder your vision, the best way to get rid of them is through either vitrectomy or the use of lasers. A vitrectomy is a procedure in which your doctor will remove the gel-like substance (vitreous) that keeps the shape of your eye round.
Once removed through a small incision, your doctor will replace the vitreous with a solution that your body will eventually replace with new vitreous. Laser therapy is used to target the eye floaters in hopes to break them up into smaller pieces to reduce their presence and make them easier for your body to break down over time.
Often times eye floaters will fade or disappear on their own as your body will naturally remove foreign debris. If they are sporadic and not obstructive to your vision, it is perhaps best to let them run their course before seeking more invasive options.
Exercise, Diet and Hydrate
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation and allow the eyes to recover and function properly. A balanced, healthy diet will help make sure that you are providing your eyes with the proper nutrients necessary to repair, rebuild and work as they should.
Antioxidants and Taurine
Antioxidants are essential for helping your body fight off free radicals that can cause eye floaters. Taurine is a very important amino acid that aids in maintaining healthy eyes. Try incorporating foods that are high in both of these like meats, seafood, blueberries, grapes, dark green vegetables and teas.
Reduce Eye Strain
Proper rest for your eyes is essential for making sure that they stay healthy and recover from the daily stresses that we put on them. We are continually staring at digital screens (computers, phones, tablets, TV’s and even our cars) and this extended strain can lead to extra stress on our eyes. Relaxing and resting your eyes will allow them to recover and remain healthy.
Be sure to consult with your eye doctor regarding advice on your eye floaters.
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