How To Treat Eye Floaters At Home

If you notice specks, strings, or clouds, that appear to float in your field of vision, then vanish as you try to look straight at them, it could be eye floaters. Eye floaters are caused by the thinning of the vitreous, a gel substance, as a person ages, and the shapes get clearer against a plain background. Eye floaters may seem alarming, but they aren't usually a cause of concern, and you can try natural treatment. Here are some natural treatments for eye floaters.

Eye Exercises

Gently tilt your head back, and roll the eyes slowly to the right ten times, then roll the eyes to the left ten times. Hold a pencil, or your pointing finger with your arm straight in front of you. Gradually move the finger or pencil up, down, to the far right, and to the far left.

Hold a finger, straw, or pencil in front of you with arms straight. Slowly move the object toward until it is six inches from the eyes, focus one minute, then return to start. The exercises helps circulate the gel, and massages eye tissue.

Massage and Palm Warming

An eye massage helps reduce eye pain. Do a temple massage by placing the knuckles of your thumbs on the temples, and massage them twenty times in each direction using a circular movement. Repeat this process on each side of the nose bridge, and between the eyebrows on the forehead.

Rub the palms together until they feel warm, close your eyes, then hold them on your eyes for ten seconds. Do this procedure five times daily to relax the eyes.

Lifestyle Treatment

  • Eat more antioxidants such as kiwis, green peas, green, leafy vegetables, and oranges. Antioxidants are important for healthy eyes. Vitamin A,C, E in antioxidant foods keep the body hydrated, and control the fluids.
  • Quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking and drinking alcohol do not cause eye floaters, but they age the body, which also causes the vitreous to thin prematurely.
  • Watch stress. Stress has the potential to aggravate eye floaters. Try yoga, deep breathing, or meditation to combat stress.
  • Do nothing. Floaters may be annoying, but they commonly don't interfere with daily tasks. Your brain will naturally learn to ignore them, and they get less bothersome. Try to avoid staring at clear backgrounds.
  • Get checked for diabetes. Diabetic patients are at an increased risk for eye floaters.

These treatments should help reduce eye floaters without invasive surgery. However, if you notice a decrease in vision, or you have other concerns, visit your eye doctor, like those at Atlantic Eye Consultant PC - Delianides Aris P MD and other offices.