- Try dietary changes to reduce floaters. Some health professionals believe that certain nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes may help get rid of eye floaters. Nutritional supplements have not been clinically shown to reduce floaters, but adventurous souls may find them helpful in treatment. These might include antioxidant vitamins, MSM eyedrops and hyaluronic acid to keep the eye hydrated.
- Try antioxidant vitamins, such as turmeric, wild rose hip, propolis concentrate and hawthorn berry. These antioxidants, in concert with other vitamins, are proven to be effective in treating macular degeneration, but not in reducing floaters.
- Try MSM eyedrops. MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane (dimethyl sulfone), is a widely-used nutritional supplement, most notably for arthritis. For uses other than arthritis, however, studies show only dubious results.
- Consider hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to be effective in helping eyes heal after cataract surgery. Some use hyaluronic acid to treat floaters, although no established medical connection has yet been formed.
- Find ways to reduce stress. Another potential irritant for eye floaters is stress, so practicing stress management techniques may reduce the visibility of them. Meditation, prayer or spending time in nature are some options people find helpful to lower stress levels. Daily exercise like yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi can also reduce stress and help you develop a more relaxing lifestyle.
Take supplements that increase blood flow. The idea is that increased blood flow will help your eyes better flush out the gelatinous protein from the vitreous. No proven connection, however, has been formed by the following supplements and floater reduction:
- Try ginkgo biloba. Ginko biloba has been proven effective in increasing ocular blood flow and is used by patients suffering from glaucoma.
- Try lysine. Lysine is a vasodilator, which means that it widens blood vessels, particular in large veins. Lysine has proven effective in widening blood vessels in some areas, but not necessarily in the eyes.
- Try bilberry. Bilberry is used both for improving eyesight and for widening blood vessels.More tests are needed to investigate the efficacy of bilberry in treating floaters.
- Give it time. Most floaters will reduce on their own over a period of time, as the floater is absorbed through natural processes within the eye. The brain also adapts to the floaters, teaching the eyes to become less aware of them. Most people find their eye floaters gradually become less bothersome and no treatment is necessary after all.