Archive for February, 2016
You have probably encountered eye floaters sometime in your life. They seem to be small specks of dust of different shapes whether it’s white, black or grey in color. The reason why they are called eye floaters is because they seem to float over your eye.
As kids we saw them when we laid on the grass and tried to look at the sun. It was fun back then because these eye floaters seem to try to escape when you look at them. Most eye floaters are harmless and tend to disappear over a period time. However if you have been noticing them quite often and they seem to get bigger or affect your vision, you need to do something about it before it gets worse.
What are eye floaters and how are they caused?
Eye floaters can be of various shapes and sizes and are usually white, grey or black in color. You will usually notice them soon after looking at something bright. Eye floaters are a common occurrence as people age. They are small specks of collagen which are formed when vitreous which is a gel like lubricant shrinks with old age and forms small fibers.
Eye floaters can also be caused by injury to your eye or an eye disease. Those suffering from diabetes can also encounter eye floaters as it has the same effect on vitreous. Most eye floaters will disappear with time and they won’t affect your vision.
When should eye floaters be a cause for concern?
Most eye floaters are harmless and won’t last for more than few minutes. However if they persist or cause temporary bouts of loss of vision you need to get your eyes checked. If you feel pain in your eye because of eye floaters it can be a cause for concern. The best approach would be to wait for it to go away on its own while at same time being proactive and trying remedies to get rid of them.
How to get rid of eye floaters without surgery?
It would be wise to first see your ophthalmologist to ensure you take no risks with your eye. If he thinks they are not serious or are not due to any damage to your eye you can follow few natural remedies.
(•) To begin with you must concentrate on your diet, eat healthy and include more green vegetables in your diet
(•) Drink organic juice especially fruits which contain antioxidants
(•) Garlic, carrots, beetroot and apple have proved to be effective against eye floaters
(•) Replace coffee, tea and alcohol with soy milk and herbed tea
(•) Stress also triggers eye floaters. Hence you must practice yoga and stress relieving techniques
(•) Press your palm against one eye and look into the distance with the other. Do this for 10 seconds and then alternate between each eye
(•) Look up and move your eye in circular position first in the clockwise and then the anticlockwise direction. This is one of the most effective ways to shift the fluid in your eye and move the eye floaters away from your vision.
Eye floaters are by no means life threatening however they could be a sign of a more serious underlying problem. Besides they can also be annoying. Following the natural remedies mentioned above will help you get rid of eye floaters for good.