Most of us at some point in time have probably experienced the mild symptoms of seeing tiny spots floating around in our vision. What are Floaters? Floaters are defined as small specks or clouds that are moving around in our field of vision. They appear sometimes also as little dots, circles, clouds or cobwebs.Floaters in most cases, are generally harmless.
What is occurring inside the human eye in cases of Floaters? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are actually tiny clumps of cells inside the Vitreous: a gel like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. What is rather interesting about Floaters is the fact that even though they appear as objects in front of the eye, they are really tiny cells floating inside of it. The images you see in your physical vision are reflections of the shadows they cast on the Retina. People with Floaters in some cases may see flashing lights or lightening streaks. These are created by the action of the Vitreous gel pulling on the Retina. These are also sometimes defined as seeing stars. This can happen in cases where an object has hit your eye. Flashes can occur intermittently for months.
What causes Floaters? It generally occurs with the aging process. As we approach our middle ages it becomes more pronounced. There are 2 primary causes of Floaters: The first is caused by the shrinking of the Vitreous gel in the eye, as it starts to create clumps and strands in the eye blocking the area that transmits light to the Retina. Hence, the creation of shadows that our eyes process as floaters. The second is the action of the Vitreous pulling away from the back wall of the eye. The second cause is more common in nearsighted people, people who have had YAG laser surgery of the eyes, eye injuries and eye inflammations. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends consulting your Ophthalmologist in the following serious cases:
1 The size and numbers of Floaters increase dramatically.
2 The appearance of sudden Flashes in your vision.
3 There is a sudden significant decrease in your vision.
Can natural healing methods reduce milder or moderate forms of Floaters? According to natural vision specialist Dr. Marc Grossman, Floaters can be treated with a special vision diet. His recommendations are whole grains, and replacing white sugar with Molasses. He advices minimizing your salt intake. The vision diet includes food sources such as fish, soy and nuts instead of meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Eliminate Coffee, Tea and Alcohol and increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Avoid the night shade family of fruits. These are Tomatoes, Green Peppers, White Potatoes and Egg plants. Antioxidants like Grape Seed oil, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Bilberry are recommended. These promote the health of the blood vessels of the eyes while Ginkgo increases blood flow. Vitamin A and C promote eye health while Apple Pectin and L Methionine have detoxification purposes; eliminating heavy metals that circulate through the eye.
Eye exercises may reduce floaters bringing energy and circulation to parts of the eyes that need it the most. Here is a sample of 3 simple, safe and easy eye exercises that may reduce Floaters.
A floaters patient’s eyes responded positively to the following eye exercise techniques: Remember, always consult your eye care specialist before beginning any eye exercise program to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough to perform the techniques. A physical eye examination is always highly recommended to indicate whether or not there are any underlying medical problems associated with your eye condition.
1 Warm your hands by rubbing them together, then lightly and carefully press your palms against your eyes for 10 seconds.Exercise caution so that you don’t apply too much pressure on your eyes. Repeat this process 5 times. You can perform this technique daily to gradually reduce Floaters
2 Apply a gentle message to your temples with your knuckles in a circular motion, first forward then, backward. Repeat this process 5 times in each direction. Gently apply the same message technique to your forehead.
3 Tilt your head so you face the ceiling. Look ahead and roll your eyes around in a clockwise motion, then change to a counter-clockwise motion. Repeat this exercise 5 times.
In most cases floaters is a relatively harmless eye condition save for serious cases. You have the ability to take control of your eye health. By combining the right healthy vision diet in conjunction with effective natural eye exercise techniques, you may reduce the incidence of Floaters.