Can Anything be Done about Floaters in the Eye?

November 12, 2012

Can Anything be Done about Floaters in the Eye?

Are you familiar with floaters in the eye? These are small pieces of vitreous humor that have broken off inside your eye. These floaters are particular common to nearsighted individuals. These floaters cast a bit of a semi-transparent shape that easily forms an image on the retina that you can see. They are easily seen on solid colored backgrounds and tend to appear as irregular shaped objects. Floaters often appear to move across the visual field and from time to time will accumulate and then sometimes disappear altogether. You may find them a nuisance but otherwise are harmless. These types of floaters in the eye can be slowly removed with some simple home remedies.

There are exceptions to the rule therefore some floaters may be caused by an abnormal vitreous that may have pulled away from your retina causing problems. Abnormal capillary growth can also cause floater formation as well as internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can lead to further destruction by leaving behind scars that may cause damage to your retina. This requires medical attention as soon as possible. Blood spots tend to form a dark image on the retina so that can be distinguished from simple floaters due to small pieces of vitreous body (clear images).

Individuals who have abnormal capillary growth and bleeding with floater formation may also experience flashes of light. This may occur due to vitreous tearing and mechanical action on the retina causing individual photoreceptors to fire making you think you are seeing specks of light or stars. This can happen in individuals who have diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) or inflammation of the eye.

Under normal conditions, floaters in the eye are simply a part of the aging process and nothing to worry about. If you are annoyed or even concerned, then you should set up an appointment for an eye examination. If these floaters are accumulating at a rapid rate and not disappearing, this is reason for concern however, most of them will dissolve with time and cause no harm requiring no treatment. Currently there are no prescription medications to treat them however there are surgeries that can be performed such as LASIK to remove vitreous scaring to prevent retinal damage and possible blindness.

There are a number of natural remedies for floaters in the eye. This runs the gamut between hypnosis, acupuncture, herbals and nutriceuticals and many have been found to resolve the issue. A common herbal treatment involves bilberry which is known to increase blood circulation to the eye increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissues and greater waste elimination. More oxygen allows for greater energy production to support metabolism and an increase in the rate of repair. More nutrients provide the materials to rebuild damaged areas. Gotu Kola, Ginkgo Biloba and Vinpocetine can also be taken to increase blood circulation to the body, brain and eye. Sutherlandia frutescens is often taken for its antioxidant properties that help combat free radical formation therefore preventing cellular and molecular damage.

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