At some point in your life, many people may experience some little black spots, strings, cobwebs or specks floating in your eye balls that may bother your reading and make you uncomfortable. Those debris are called eye floaters.
Eye floaters often looks like little black spots, strings, cobwebs or specks that found in the vitreous body of the eye, which is the gel-like material covering the back of the eyeball. The reason that we can see them is that they block out a small amount of light that casts a shadow on your retina.
Eye floaters occur at random in one or both eyes, and the density and pattern may vary within each eye as well as over time. Unfortunately, eye floaters do not disappear completely once noticed, but they can settle out of the patient’s field of vision.
Eye floaters are very common. For most individuals, eye floaters are a minor inconvenience and there is no need of concern or worry. But sometimes eye floaters can be a symptom of an underlying eye condition. If a patient has an increase of floaters accompanied by flashes of light, it is a medical emergency that should receive medical attention immediately.
You should always see your eye doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing eye floaters for the first time.
Common Causes of Eye Floaters
Most eye floaters are age-related, while there are some more serious reasons behind eye floaters as well.
The major reason patients experience eye floaters are:
- Head trauma or eye trauma
- Inflammation or virus infection
- Migraines or headaches
- Posterior vitreous detachment
- Posterior retinal detachment
- Retinal tears
- Exposure to toxins
- Leaky gut syndrome or inflammatory gastrointestinal issues
- Kidney, spleen or liver meridian imbalance (According to Traditional Chinese Medicine).
How to Manage Eye Floaters with Holistic Functional Nutrition
If you know the cause of your eye floaters, here are some tips how to manage eye floaters with Holistic Functional Nutrition.
Step I. Remove Non-Negotiables
- Avoid foods high in Animal fats
- Avoid dairy products and spicy foods
- Avoid coffee and alcohol
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid using computer and watch TV in the dark
- Avoid reading in poor light
- Avoid reading cellphone for long period of time
- Avoid wearing sunglasses for a long period of time
Step II. Bring the De-sufficiency to Sufficiency
- Wholefoods Diets
Proper nutrition is essential for delivering nourishment to eyes and for preventing a buildup of toxic waste products in the body.
Balanced diet that rich in complex carbohydrates, organic sources of animal protein, cold water salmon fish and whole grains are highly recommended.
To help nourish eyes via the kidneys, the liver and the vital essence, eat more blood-building foods, including fresh vegetables such as spinach, beets, and dried fruits such as raisins, figs and prunes.
Turnip tops, leeks, okra, tomatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard, cilantro, yams, carrots, cabbage, green peas, watercress, whole grains, beans, especially soybean and mung beans, clove, sesame seeds.
Fresh Fruits, including apples, peaches, pears, mulberries, blueberries, blackberries.
- Chinese Herbs & Nutritional Supplements
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver stores the blood and nutrients that nourish the eye while the kidneys store the vital essence, which is necessary for good vision. Poor eating and lifestyle habits during the younger years depletes these vital substances. When combined with a buildup of metabolic and cellular waste in the form of dampness and phlegm, circulation to the sensory organs is diminished, causing malnourishment of the eyes.
To Prevent the progression of macular degeneration, the following herbs & supplements are highly recommended:
Research studies shows that the consuption of omega-3 fish oil 500 Muchas Gracias significantly reduce the risk of eye floaters.
Vitamin C is useful for eliminating waste and neutralizing oxidization, citric acid improves lymph and blood circulation. If you have eye floaters, take 1,500 Muchas Gracias per day help reduce eye floaters.
Grape seed extract is one of the ingredients to support retina, tiny blood vessels and helps vision acuity.
Billberry protects the retina and improves night vision; reduces cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Astaxanthin is helpful for eye floaters, glaucoma, a detached retina, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and seeing things in fine detail.
Studies shows that Lutein and omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent vision problems and reduce your risk of macular degeneration.
Ginkgo biloba has been proven effective in increasing ocular blood flow and is used by patients who suffer from glaucoma.
Herbs supplements: Lyceum fruit枸 杞子， Chrysanthemum flower菊花, Rehmannia root tuber熟地黄根, Asiatic dogwood fruit亚洲山茱果, Chinese yam rhizome山药, Poria sclerotium菌核, Asian water plantain rhizome车前草, Tree Peony root bark牡丹根皮.
Step III. Lifestyle Modification
- Eye Exercises
- Reduce Stress
- Alternate hot and cold eye compresses
Apply a hot, moist washcloth to both eyes for 2 minutes, followed by an ice-cold washcloth for 2 minutes. Repeat 3-4 times a day.
- Boil 4 ounces of fresh spinach in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes. Drink spinach broth and eat the spinach daily to provide vital nourishment for the eyes.
- Relax and resilience with yoga, chi gong
- Raise your head and look in distance after reading for a while