Floaters and flashes

Natural Remedies for Eye Floaters
Eye Floaters are bits of debris in the vitreous which is the clear material that fills the eyeball, they can appear as specks, strands, cobwebs or rings that become more apparent when the eye is moved, they can occur at any age, but are generally more common as we age and the vitreous thickens or shrinks.
In many cases, eye floaters will come and go with no treatment and are not generally cause for concern, however, an eye exam should rule out any serious underlying condition, especially true if floaters are accompanied by flashes of light or suddenly increase.  Floaters can also occur prompted by diabetes and eye surgery or injuries.  They tend to be more common in people who are near sighted and those with food allergies and / or Candida, stress may be a factor in some people.
This leads us to emphasis that as with all health conditions, good nutrition is essential, the eyes contain thousands of very specialized cells and to function effectively need to receive the right nutrients, Omega 3 oils have been shown to impact directly upon eye health,
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.