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Remedies for eye floaters

Eye floaters are spots moving though the field of vision. They look like black or grey, stringy or looks like a cobweb, they may drift or dash when moving the eyes. Eye floaters happen due to age related changes when the vitreous, a jelly-like substance found inside the eye, becomes liquid-like in consistency. This will result to microscopic fibers found inside the eyes to clump together and cause small shadows in the retina and called eye floaters.

Causes of eye floaters

  • Inflammation in the posterior part of the eye such as posterior uveitis where the layers of the uvea becomes inflamed.
  • Trauma or injury to the eye or disorder of the blood vessel can cause bleeding in the eye and presence of floaters in the area or a condition known as vitreous hemorrhage.
  • Retinal tears which happens when sagging vitreous will pull strongly the retina and result to tears and floaters. If this condition is not properly treated will result to permanent loss of vision.
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    Trauma or injury to the eye or disorder of the blood vessel can cause bleeding in the eye and presence of floaters in the area or a condition known as vitreous hemorrhage.

Factors that increase the risk of eye floaters

  • People aged 50 years of age
  • Complications from cataract surgery
  • Nearsightedness
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Conditions such as diabetic retinopathy
  • Inflammation of the eye

Symptoms

  • Form as spots in the vision that look like a dark colored specks or strings of material floating around.
  • The floaters move with movement of the eyes. When trying to focus on them, they move out of vision.
  • The floaters are evident when facing a bright and plain background such as a white wall.
  • The spots gradually settle down and disappear from the field of vision.
  • A more serious symptom such as occurrence of flashes of light, increase number of floaters, and loss of peripheral vision such as darkness on the margin of the vision, needs immediate treatment immediately.

Treatment

  • Rest the tired or strained eyes to prevent development of floaters. Take plenty of sleep.
  • Use sunglasses. Avoid direct sunlight to the eyes to lessen the development of eye floaters.
  • Soak a clean wash cloth in hot water, wring out excess water and place it over the closed eyes. Then massage the temples, to lessen the stress and lessen the occurrence of floaters. Another alternative is rubbing both hands to produce heat and then place them over the eyelids is good for the condition.
  • If there is pain in the eye, perform some gentle exercises for the eyes by rolling the eyes clockwise and then counter clockwise to lessen stress placed on the eyes.
  • Drink plenty of water to eliminate toxins in the body. It will also lessen the development of eye floaters.
  • Perform some relaxing and breathing techniques such as yoga and meditation to lessen the stress. It calms the mind and body and relaxes the eye and lessens the discomforts caused by eye floaters.

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