Last Modified on Jul 16, 2014
What Are Eye Floaters?
Eye floaters are one of the many conditions that affect an individual’s eyesight. Typically seen as a black or gray speck, eye floaters are general spots in the vision. These “floaters” can also look like strings or cobwebs that drift or move throughout the line of sight as the eye moves. Generally associated with age-related vision changes, eye floaters present several symptoms and can be caused by a number of different factors.
The symptoms of eye floaters include the characteristic “spot” in one’s vision. The spot may appear as a dark speck or even as transparent lines or strings of moving, floating material. In addition, the spots typically move as the eye moves, are visible when viewing a plain bright background and may settle out of the line of vision over time. More serious symptoms associated with eye floaters include the appearance of several new floaters, a sudden onset of floaters, flashes of light and darkness in the peripheral vision. These more serious symptoms include prompt attention from an eye specialist.
The most common cause of eye floaters involves age-related vision changes. The vitreous or jelly-like substance that fills the eyeballs changes in consistency over time and partially liquefies also creating clumps and strings. The “floaters” seen are debris in the inner eye blocking light from passing into the eye. Additional causes of floaters include inflammation in the back of the eye, bleeding in the eye and a torn retina.
Natural Cures for Eye Floaters
Many natural dry eye treatments are also effective treatments for eye floaters. Beet juice taken orally daily, l-carnisine eye drops, can-c eye drops, and taurine are all effective remedies for the condition. Additionally, magnesium, vitamin D and boron taken daily support overall eye health and treat as well as prevent floaters. Milk thistle, vitamin c and pantothenic acid are also effective dry eye treatments and floater remedies.
[YEA] 03/18/2013: Jay from Hyderabad, India: "Excess calc fluor in my body resulted the floaters. I am taking beet juce daily, now after 3 days, 80% floaters are gone, and rest are reduced in size, so wanted to continue to take beet juce."Replies
05/13/2013: Shikhar from Noida, Up replies: "Hi Jay, Hoping you are doing great. I am suffering from eye flaoters since 4 years and after the last few weeks it got increased. I have been checked by eyes from varius Doctors but they said no treatment is required. Could you please let me know about the beet juice and how much benefit you got with that? Regards, Shikhar shikhar82 (at) gmail [dot]com."
05/13/2013: Carol from San Francisco, Ca. replies: "Would also like to know about the beet juice. I purchased some beets a few days ago and would like to know should I just juice them and how much juice are you using? Thanks so much!!"
07/29/2013: Raj from Himachal replies: "Hi Jai, I have flashes and floaters both. And my vision of left eye is going too blurry. Could you tell me that will it work on my flashes? If yes then how much quantity should be used."
08/05/2013: Ks from India replies: "Raj from Himachal - u must visit an eye doctor asap. This condition could be very serious. Don't waste time."
01/08/2014: Tonio90 from Milano replies: "Sleeping on your stomach causes eye floaters."
[YEA] 03/12/2014: Carri, Rmt & Stress Reduction Practitioner from Boulder, Co replies: "I would like to share some topics I found through research after experiencing my own floaters. Tight neck muscles can cause stress on the muscles around the eyes influencing the flow in the vessels that feed the eyes & numerous other facets of eye functionality. Weak liver, kidney & adrenal function may all play a part. Mental stress for the same reason as tight neck muscles. Imperfect vision. Stress from the above added to contact wear, glasses wear & computer work. What helped; easy access to public for free: ~Shiatsu massage weekly (or research and learn how to work all the muscles around the eyes (refrain from pushing on the eyeball). ~Reflexology points on the hands or feet daily to promote health in the liver, kidney & adrenals. ~Stretching the neck: specific to scalene muscles, upper traps, occipital region. Minor stretch with oil if excessively tight as overdoing a stretch can worsen the pull on vessels and cause inflammation. ~Develop mental healing skills. If stressed try EFT (tapping). ~Nutritional helps: B vitamins, beet juice or supplement, vitamin C, liquid chlorophyll a few drops to a bottle of water, vitamin A ~Exercises to improve vision. Research the Bates Method. He has a free e-book online that explains much about vision. Many individuals have copied his free material & placed packages for sale."
07/16/2014: Sam from Miami, US replies: "@Carri, Rmt & Stress Reduction Practitioner. Good advice that made me think about this connection. Just one more thing - chronic tight neck/shoulder that is not relieved by any therapy is probably caused by the liver energy imbalances, according to TCM. Sometime neck tightness disappears on its own, just to come back without rhyme or reason. I would not focus on stretching if you are one of the people with chronic stiff neck/shoulders. Address liver imbalances."
[YEA] 07/22/2007: Mare from st louis, mo: "You need to find out about the Budwig Diet.Read the information at www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html.
Dr. Johanna Budwig was the foremost expert in the world on fats and oils. She was able to heal people even from their deathbeds using flaxseed oil and cottage cheese. (It's all about the electrons!) She also recommends veggies and fruit. (no meats, animal fats, or sugar.) She lived into her 90's. and was a nominee for the nobel prize many times. Earth Clinic should be all over this one. It helps all sorts of diseases, Heart Infarction. arthritis, cancer etc, and is good for athletic performance and in fact, the whole family. I have done oil pulling for only a short time and it has helped the floaters in my eye get smaller & less dark. (they were the result of a burst capillary.)"Replies
11/05/2008: Ross from Kildare, Ireland replies: "i have floaters and you say that the use of flax seed oil can help .how much per day should i take and can i get it from my local organics shop. please write back"
EC: The Budwig Diet: 3-5 tablespoons of organic flax seed oil thoroughly blended (hand blender works best) with 1 cup of low fat organic cottage cheese. The 1 cup is eaten throughout the day. Flax can be found in the refrigerated section of your local health food store (important). More here: http://www.cancure.org/budwig_diet.htm
04/08/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I don't like cottage cheese. Can I just take it by the spoon? What about doing oil pulling with flaxseed oil? I hadn't seen the answer to a first question I posted on this subject but I will surely look into the mini-beet protocol. I am so fed up of these floaters especially in my right eye which is the one most affected by myopia. I have tried countless natural medication for the liver but nothing ever changed. As someone suggested here that massaging the shoulders seems to help I will roll my shoulders next time I go for a walk in the sunshine as I see them when I am in bright lights."
09/09/2011: Bonecrusher from Denver, Colorado replies: "No, you cannot just take the flax oil by itself, that defeats the whole premise of the Budwig Protocol. Oil pulling will just be a waste of good flax oil.
Mix 3tbsp flax to 6tbsp cottage cheese (2:1 ratio) mix it, add in some blueberries or other fruit of your choice and mix some more. Eat it, no whining about cottage cheese."
[YEA] 11/03/2011: Joe from Rome, Lazio, Italy replies: "I have done quite a bit of reading about the Budwig diet, and it seems that as an alternative to cottage cheese you could use quark. It makes it taste much, much nicer, especially with some cinammon and some berries. I have it every morning because it's delicious - tried the cottage cheese for awhile but the consistency put me right off.
Also, I don't think yogurt works too well - something to do with the sulphur content, but I don't remember exactly. Sulphur in itself is a very interesting element and should be researched. I think it's one of the primary ways your body moves oxygen around your body."
12/05/2011: Julie from Toronto, Ontario / Canada replies: "Quark, flax, cheese - forget it - just try those l-carnisine eye drops.
2. Bright eyes
You might have to order them online but they exist and reduce your floaters amazingly well. Use them as much as you want - the more the better. No side effects except your eyes feel a million times better. They are a miracle so try them if you have bad floaters. Forget diets, looking into the moon or sun & any other stupid old remedy - just get those drops and start using them alot.
Then get back online and tell people - maybe the eye community can make those eye doctors tell us about these drops even if they aren't a prescription. They don't seem to recognize them - which led me to get my 2nd floater - if I had used them when I got the first one - I never would have got this second one and my life would have been way better."
08/02/2012: Kk from Seattle, Wa replies: "I doubt safety of using flax seeds. A lot of parasite sites talk about possibilities of nuts and seeds being contaminated with parasites. This totally averts me from using raw seeds. If to do termal treatment of seeds then that omega 3 fats there go rancid, then there is no point.
I understand that there can be a benefit, I just do not know how to clean these seeds."
10/10/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Hi Kk. You don't need to bother with the flax seeds. In fact, I don't recommend it on a long term basis. I got diverticulitis after using ground flax seeds every day for several years. They can stick together and become trapped in the diverticulae of your intestines and then become infected. You can see the stickiness very easily. Just wet your finger and put it in the seeds an the seed will stick to your fingers like glued on and or will stick to each other if whetted. If you do use the seeds and grind them, consume them immediately afterward so as not to allow them time to become rancid. Just use the flax seed oil instead but be careful about the flax seed oil you buy. It should be produced in a nitrogen environment as flax seed oil is extremely reactive with oxygen of the air and will become rancid quickly if exposed to unrestricted oxygen in the air for any length of time. It is said to be 30 times as reactive as sunflower oil. Further, it should be sold in a brown glass bottle as it can react just from exposure to light. Also, once bought and opened, it should be closed again right after you take out the oil you want to use, and then put back in the fridge where it's dark and cold immediately in order to keep it fresh and to maintain its health benefits for the body. Also, the oil you buy should not have any preservatives in it or it defeats the health benefit of the flax seed oil you're seeking. You can take flax seed oil alone as an antiviral or anti inflammatory. But, the Budwig protocol for cancer requires low fat cottage cheese or quark combined with flax seed oil in order to act as an oxygen carrier in the body to combat the cancer. In the case of cancer, Budwig warns that taking flax seed oil by itself shouldn't be done at all. Also, I think it is best to prepare your budwig protocol just before use to maintain it in the freshest state. I make Budwig shakes. To do this I put a third of a cup of low fat cottage cheese in a blender and add to that two tablespoons of flaxseed oil. I also usually add half an apple and half an orange but you can add whatever fruit you like. I then add just enough 1% butter fat milk to allow it to blend as low fat is important and pour that mixture when blended into a regular beer glass for dirinking. Budwig also allowed or even suggested the adding of a bit of honey. Perhaps the honey helps pull the respiratory enzyme created by the mixture into the cancer cells. When my son had cancer, the Budwig shake was the only alternate protocol we tried that brought his cancer markers to normal and below. FWIW"
10/11/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Frank, so putting flax seeds in a smoothie is not a good idea? Is this also true with blended chia seeds and/or sesame seeds?"
10/15/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Hi Mmsg, I used to take two tablespoons of flaxseeds ground up with an electric grinder everyday. As best as I can recall I took these in my oat bran cereal for breakfast or my daily Budwig shake. I would have thought that taking them in this way that they would have been sufficiently separated to prevent them sticking together, but I believe they become trapped first in the diverticulae, then stick together, and them become infected.
At any rate after doing this for about two to three years, I got diverticulitis. This causes the diverticulae to become stretched out and deformed. Now I have to have fiber daily such as oat bran or psylium fiber to keep these diverticulae flushed out so that food particles don't become trapped in them.
With regard to chia seeds, I have no direct experience so I can't really comment on them.
With regard to sesame seeds, I have little experience with them but I suspect they are also sticky like flax seeds as I recall eating them in a Chinese restaurant where you wet the chopsticks and dipped them in the seeds to pick them up.
However, I found out the cause of the diverticulitis when I told a friend about it and he responded, "Oh you get that from eating small seeds." FWIW"
10/16/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "In response to ..."However, I found out the cause of the diverticulitis when I told a friend about it and he responded, "Oh you get that from eating small seeds." FWIW"...
That is just a myth. Diverticulitis is caused by bacteria. The bacteria can be killed and pockets healed with Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide but i'd try the aloe vera juice first.
There are list of foods that are supposedly the culprit but those foods may be only part of a long chain reaction. You need to know what spawned the bacteria.
For instance, if I eat too much sweet things like candy or french toast etc, it spawns the bacteria. I can eat most of those other foods on the list and it won't be a problem. Of course if the bacteria does get spawned, those other foods like seeds may add to it. If the problem does occur again, I can usually douse it out very quickly.
If your pockets healed, the seeds would likely not have been a problem.
You will likely find out very quickly what actually is the root of your causation if it happens again after you cure it."
10/23/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Hi Julie Tor. Cda & Prioris FL,
My Can-C eyedrops and L-Carnosine 500 mg capsules arrived today. I have put one drop of Can-C in each eye and have taken one L-Carnosine capsule. I will let you know how it works out for me to get rid of my eye floaters."
10/30/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "It has now been one week. I have put one drop of the Can-C eyedrops in each eye every day and have also taken one 500 mg L-Carnosine capsule each day.
There was no stinging from the Can-C dropst the first couple of times I used them but they now sting a little when I put them in but that is very brief. I checked my eyes by looking at a white piece of paper before making this post and I am unable to detect any decernable difference after one week. I intend to continue using the drops and capsules until they are all gone and will try to remember to give weekly reports or if I notice any significant change."
11/03/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Today is the tenth day of the Can-C and 500 mg L-Carnosine capsules for eye-floaters regimen. Starting today I am increasing the Can-C drops from one drop per day to two drops per day, with one drop in the morning and one drop in the evening. So far there is no decernable change in my eye-floaters."
11/06/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "It is now two weeks since starting the Can-C eye drop and L-Carnosine capsule regimen for eye floaters. I am currently using two drops of Can-C, one in the morning and one in the evening as well as one 500 mg L-Carnosine capsule per day. There is no discernible improvement in the eye floaters at this time. There is, however, significant improvement in eye comfort. My eyes are feeling normal and not congested or dry as before. I don't think the improvement is due entirely to this regimen as I am also following a dry eye regimen described else where on this page. However, I think this regimen is helping as well. I also have had a chronic lingering low level sinus infection. I have recently used a 5% Boric acid solution nasal spray in the evening before bed for that condition. It is significantly improved after only a few applications. I have only used two or three sprays in each nostril before bed time about three times and my sinuses are feeling quite normal now. I believe this has significantly reduced the infection in and around my eyes and likely has also contributed to the improved comfort of my eyes."
11/13/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "It is now three weeks since starting using Can-C eye-drops and a 500 mg L-Carnosine capsule per day for my eye-floaters. I am currently using two Can-C drops per day and there is no improvement to report."
11/13/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "I'd give the test 4 weeks or just finish bottle. Doesn't seem to be too promising from your reports. I have tried it for 2 weeks with no positive results. I will experiment with it more later. I have had some positive results with taurine but it starts to give me a migraine."
11/20/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Hi Prioris. I originally planned to use up all of the Can-C drops and L-carnosine capsules to complete this experiment. It's getting a bit discouraging because I hoped to see some improvement in what I think are blood cells floating around if not the larger floaters But I can't detect any change even there. For now, I still intend to continue with the program. I have two bottles of Can-C drops and I'm still on the first bottle and there were 60 L-Carnosine capsules in the bottle to start with. Like you I got some headaches from the Taurine and stopped taking them when I started with the Can-C and L-Carnosine, so as not to confuse any results I might get. The research I did about Taurine indicated that it is important to retina health and I will likely resume taking those capsules once I finish this regimen."
11/28/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "It is now five weeks since starting using Can-C eye-drops and a 500 mg L-Carnosine capsule per day for my eye-floaters. I am currently using two Can-C drops per day and there is no improvement to report."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/30/2013: F from Thunder Bay, On replies: "I have now done the Can-C eye-drops and L-Carosine regimen for 37 days, from Oct. 23/13 to Nov. 29/12, and have decided to stop the regimen beginning today Nov. 30/13. The reason I am stopping the regimen is because I believe I am experiencing negative symptoms related to the regimen.
Firstly, over about the past week I have started to notice difficulty reading the credits on the TV screen following a movie or other writing on the TV screen. Admittedly, this may be due to the fact that I have a new prescription for glasses that I haven had filled yet, but I believe this is something different and of a more rapid onset which I suspect is due in part at least to this regimen.
Second, my eyes have become somewhat reddened and slightly inflamed. The redness on a scale of 1 to 10, is about a 4 given that 1 is white and 10 is blood red. On a scale of 1 to 10, the burning is slight and about a 3. The burning is now more or less the continuous norm as opposed to the normal and comfortable feeling about ten days to two weeks into the regimen. I suspect this is due to the eye-drops and their action on the surface of the eye, but this regimen is not getting into the eye and reducing the eye-floaters.
I do not think these new symptoms are do to the return of dry-eye condition mentioned earlier. I am not getting sudden stop of the eye-lid during blinking due to dryness of the eye, neither is there continual greasiness or abundant mucous in the eye. Also, I am not getting the blocked tear-duct that caused a build up of tears that took 10 to 15 finger wipes to drain them away.
Given the above, I think the regimen is now causing negative symptoms without delivering any positive ones. And on account of that have decided to cease the regimen today. I have given thought to perhaps taking a break and then resuming the regimen but given that there is no improvement is symptoms, that is not likely. Should I resume the regimen, I will report back here about that.
I intend to take a Taurine capsule today, and then I'll see whether to take them daily, every second day, or once or twice a week. But, I'll report back on how that goes.
I also intend to start researching eye-floaters again and I will report back If I discover any significant findings.
Good luck to you all with your eye-floaters, And, like Edison said of his Light bulb experiments, he hadn't failed, only discovered another way that didn't work. :)
11/30/2013: Wayclear from Motown, Ca replies: "Hi Frank-- I had some bad eye-floaters at one time, such that I couldn't see all the letters in a sign for instance. I also saw strange colors like an oil slick sometimes. Like it or don't, but what really helped me was putting collodial silver solution in a small, glass spray-mister bottle, and spraying a few squirts in my eye a few times. It was a godsend, and worked almost immediately.
What I do now, for my dry eyes, is put coconut oil on my lids and all over the lashes and everything. It does not bother my vision at all, and seems to be clearing it of dry eye, stringers, parasites, floaters and what-have-you... as another poster has mentioned.
But my big secret is that I follow an East Indian practice of placing urine in my eyes (i.e., M-urine).
Hope it works as well for you as it did for me! I wouldn't do all three at the same time.
--May You See Your WayClear"
11/30/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Frank,
Thanks for taking time to keep us posted. You are right - you haven't failed, only found out something else that didn't work. I appreciate your optimism! I trust that you will keep us posted when you come upon the solution! Thanks again!
~Mama to Many~"
08/14/2013: Emmer from South Of Boston, Ma: "I have recently been experiencing eye floater/flashes. Is there a folk remedy for this?"Replies
08/14/2013: Stephanie from Framingham, Ma replies: "I take 500 mgs Taurine and they dissappear the next day and my eyesight improves dramatically. I now take one very day and no more floaters and great eyesight... Miracle stuff in my opinion."
08/14/2013: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Stephanie from Framingham - Your post regarding taurine and eye health intrigued me so I did a bit of research into what else taurine can do. The list is quite impressive! From what I read it helps with eye health, tinnitus, liver health, seizures, diabetes, heart health, etc. My brother (severely overweight) has just been diagnosed with diabetes - he is already experiencing neuropathy. However, he refuses to change his diet/lifestyle. He will take medication but will not do anything else (including reading about his disease). I'm going to see if he will at least try taurine. Thank you, Stephanie, for opening my eyes (and eye health) to taurine! Cheers, Bess"
05/18/2013: Saba from Mentor, Oh: "Lately I'm seeing flashes in my eyes. Sometimes they come on the sides and sometimes at the bottom. They only last a second or two. Does anyway know what they are and how to heal it? Please help, thank you."Replies
05/19/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Saba: when you see eye flashes you should RUN to the doctor! It may be nothing but it may be something very serious and you MUST catch it early."
05/19/2013: Carly from Wa, Usa replies: "This is one of the rare times I am going to say this.... You need to see an eye doctor. Right away. As in first thing in the morning. You could have something very serious going on that could cause blindness. I am not trying to scare you, but please.... Go. Good luck, and please keep us posted."
05/19/2013: Saba from Mentor, Oh replies: "OK thanks I will do that. Scary!"
05/20/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I got these once in the shape of a football that got larger and larger until I couldn't see at all... For about half an hour , then I was fine and went to the eye doc. He asked if I had a pounding headache. I said no, he said lucky you, it was a migraine. My friend gets them and loses her sight all the time, for more than an hour at a time. Maybe low magnesium. I had this over ten years ago, only one!"
05/20/2013: Art from Vancover, Bc. Canada replies: "I used to get them to as well as a pressure feeling in my left eye. I then discovered B12 5,000 mcg sublingual did the trick. I also take a B12 1,000 mcg time released with my other vitamins. There is no toxicity as you pee out what you don't need. It also helps with neuropathy. Art."
09/17/2013: Rickt from Winston-salem Nc replies: "Saba, from experience, you most likely have vitreous detachment. The jelly vitreous fluid of the eye ball shrinks with age. Light then fills the void causing the flashing. Not much can be done but important you see an eye doctor immediately to make sure is not major problem that could be forming."
[YEA] 09/02/2010: Nadine from Matlacha,, Florida: "I have had Floaters for many years. They are annoying. I was able to find a way to tolerate them when suddenly they disappeared. I usually used to get them when I was extremely tired and its very hot outside, and living in Florida it's mostly hot all the time. I decided to try Flaxeed oil about a year ago after a lot of reading about the possible way to get them to go away, and that seems to have licked them for now. I also exercise about 2 hours a day and I'm told that it might help. Hope this helps."Replies
09/03/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Nadine, I have also had floaters for many years. That seems to be connected with the age and the fact that the retina starts pulling and getting detached. Mine are always there is there is more light and nothing I try makes me see less of these crazy things. Could you maybe explain what you did with the flaxseed oil? Did you do oil pulling, take it or something else? I have been taking flaxseed oil in pills for a while but didn't notice any difference. Before that I also took 1 soup spoon a day with no results and I was afraid the oil would turn rancid without me noticing it so I stopped and started with the pill. Please tell me what you do exactly and I hope they never come back for you as this is really annoying! Like you I am always hunting for solutions!"
05/27/2014: Ellie from Florida: "I read somewhere that a person associated floaters with low iron levels and after starting supplementing iron, her floaters were gone. Do research on the iron testing, as it is not a clear cut test. Sometime the body intentionally lowers its iron levels to compensate for something else to maintain balance."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/09/2009: Margaret from Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa: "I noticed that my eye floaters are significantly reduced after my shoulders are massaged. When I am really stressed out they get worse."
03/02/2013: Rick from Woburn, Ma: "I have read that eye floaters may be related to Mercury toxicity. If you have dental amalgams or eat a significant amount of fish, you may want to have your Mercury levels tested."
[NAY] 01/14/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, France: "A pity there aren't more people contributing to this section as there are many people suffering from eye floaters. I have tried a lot of natural remedies but nothing has worked so far, also eye therapy to lower my myopia. I have to say that I am ready to try a lot of things but the cottage cheese not really as I can't stand most milk products. I have tried MSM drops, herbs for the liver, phosphatus, cordiceps and a lot more but so far nothing made my eye floaters better. Maybe someone comes up with an answer......or more things one could try!"Replies
01/15/2010: Sandy (sandhya) from Bangalore, India replies: "Have you tried the Mini beet protocol (details on earthclinic are available)? When I tried it for 2-3 days, my eyes looked to bright and clean. I think it will help with eye issues you have. Others who used the MBP also said that their eye-balls looked clear after doing the MBP."
EC: More about the MBP here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/mini-beet-protocol.html
12/05/2011: Julie from Toronto, Ontario / Canada replies: "For eye floaters - use the l-carnosine eye drops.
2. eye bright
there are others. Use them 4x a day or more - 2 drops in each eye - its a miracle. Then write back with your testimonial. They worked for me and I had bad floaters that made me want to cry. They are 80% gone after using the drops religiously everyday for 6 months now and I will continue praying that they will disappear one day.
After 2 weeks they had cleared up by about 50% so I know they work!"
03/28/2012: Mohib from Woodside, New York replies: "Hello Julie, First of all I want to thank you for sharing the experience you have had with these drops. Could you please tell me where to buy these drops? I would be so thankful if you provide me the link or tell me from where did you get these drops. Thanks"
[YEA] 04/20/2012: Manoj from Mumbai, India replies: "Hi , I've been trying the Can C drops- been through 1 bottle so far but no significant reduction in floaters... got them in both eyes and they're especially irritating after physical exertion and while looking at plain and monochrome surfaces like a white wall etc...Give them a shot... all the best."
[YEA] 12/30/2013: Saskia from The Netherlands: "I had flashes in the corner of my right eye too. I saw them everytime I looked to the right. It was very scary. I had an osteopathic treatment. The osteopath worked on my neck and head and the flashes were gone! It was a miracle! I think floaters and flashes have something to do with stones in the liver. One year later I drank hot ginger water as a treatment for a blocked liver and on the 11th day, I got flashes again! Luckily they weren't lasting this time. There's also a doctor in the Netherlands who claims flashes are connected with a B12 shortage."
04/29/2014: Rajiv from Ahmedabad: "Sir, I am 43 yo male based at India. I have lots of floaters in my eyes and it seems that my vision is diminishing day by day. Please suggest. Regards, Rajiv"Replies
04/29/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Rajiv from India,
Re your eye floaters and diminishing eye problems;
Vit C and Natural E ...not synthetic have long been believed to help with "eye health"...
The herb "eyebright" is wonderful both orally and topically. Also google eye health supplements. Lutein and zeaxanthin are also well know in eye health issues.
Do you have any further problems that might relate to the eye issue?"
05/27/2014: Ellie from Florida replies: "Rajiv,
Please see an ophthalmologist ASAP. Only after he rules out detached/torn retina you can proceed to alternative remedies. Increased floaters with loss of vision could be a sign of detached retina that must be addressed ASAP to prevent blindness."
04/30/2012: Margaret from Albany, New York: "Does anyone have any tips for getting rid of vitreous floaters in the eyes? I have several very large ones in my left eye that are obscuring my central vision. I have been checked by an ophthalmologist and they are not from a detached retina, thank goodness, but they make it difficult to see clearly and the doctors say there is no cure. Anyone had any luck?"
01/17/2012: Jean from Callaway, Ne: "Does anybody have help for eye floaters? My grandson has had them so bad since he was 7 or 8 years old, he shakes his head from side to side to see. He is 21 now. Thanks Jean"Replies
01/18/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Jean, I have eye floaters as well but not as bad as your grandson and I didn't start that young either! Are you sure that his retina is not detaching? I got a lot more when my retina started detaching! Be careful and have him go to the doctor!
That said.... Sadly enough I don't know any cure! There is an operation but the doctors are not keen to do it! I thought that if maybe I had my myopia operated they could correct that as well but floaters are much deeper than they go when they do the myopia operation. Too bad.... I have tried Milk Thistle and other supplements thinking that it had something to do with the liver but nothing helped! In my case they seem to come from a high myopia! Too bad no one finds a solution for it.... The only hope is the case of my best friend, who is almost 90 and one day a long time ago saw her floaters just disappear from a moment to the next! If they are outside of your field of vision then you don't see them!"
01/18/2012: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "In addition to Francisca's info. I've only come across one anecdotal report of pycnogenol helping with floaters. (on iherb) but another said it didn't help at all.. But the general protocol for eye supplements are.. Bilberry, Pycnogenol, Mixed Cartenoids with Astaxanthin, in addition perhaps Krill oil and Hyaluronic acid.. Unfortunately as Francisca says there doesn't seem to be anything definite yet to help with these.
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03/17/2012: Saurab from Kathmandu, Nepal replies: "Dear All. Floater these days can be treated with ND YAG LASER, it is safe and the doctors who are practiced can well do this procedure.. No worry.. Those doctors who have not learned this procedure says that it is not safe, because actually the general opthamologist cannot do it and need special practice. Therefore check in the internet and find out."
07/29/2012: Lorna from Brea, California replies: "To Rob... After taking fish oil, the next day, I had eye floaters. Could it be the Krill oil that you are taking?"
07/29/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi, It was interesting to look at this thread because I can't really comment on Lorna's post but the other day I was with my Chinese herbalist and he was asking my young daughter questions to decide on the herbs she needed. One was about eye floaters. My husband then said he used to have them badly. Our Chinese herbalist said they were connected to the liver function.
My husband has been taking a blend of goji and schizandra and said that since he has been doing that daily, the floaters have been tremendously reduced. Goji is very high in antioxidants and excellent for the brain and eyes. Schizandra is known as the fruit that takes care of everything- it will purify the blood if used regularly, it builds the chi, the jing and the shen and helps open all the channels to all 12 meridians. Just thought I'd give this information. Both of these fruits protect the liver and strengthen the mind. Perhaps, this gives insight regarding this issue. Lisa"
03/27/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "I am suffering from dry eyes, floaters and God knows what more. I found on the Internet MSM drops with colloidal silver that seem to work, also Re-Vital Eyes are eye drops containing NAC N-Acetyl-Carnosine. Has anyone on this site have any experience with this type of drops? I have to confess that I am not too confident to be putting something on my eyes bought on the Internet but I can't find any of them in the shops and the doctors don't seem to have any answers. I have tried the Castor Oil but it didn't work for me at all, my eyes got all swollen so that is not an option either. I am a bit wary to be putting Manuka Honey in the eyes. Any help would be appreciated because I really want to go on wearing contact lenses and the floater make my life quite miserable."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/17/2011: Diana from Nr Cardiff, Wales, uk. replies: "I have had a bad floater experience for 6 weeks. I saw an eye surgeon as I am a diabetic but she said the retina was OK, but to watch for the black curtain across the eye.
Well I tried just about all drops from the internet. All the runny ones are useless, but I found MSM SILVER and HYCO SAN EXTRA, this combination has halved the floaters in 3 days. I put the drops in regularly. The funny thing is I had a feeling that my eye was sore under the lid and in one corner, and the first time I used the MSM SILVER it felt a bit burny and I was slightly alarmed. However the next day it didn't burn at all, so perhaps the membranes were tender for some reason. Anyway I am keeping the treatment going as it is working. No mure blurry vision and I am beginning to forget about floaters. Please try it, it may work for you too."
02/13/2012: Lynn from Russellville, Arkansas replies: "Eye floaters! Mine came on out of the blue. So distracting. As for using colloidal silver, the burning mentioned is a result of infection. The reason it only happened after the first use is because of silver's ability to clear up infection. I used it immediately after I first saw my worst (and most frightning) floater and it did sting at first. I helped clear up one group of smaller ones but not this big one yet. But knowing infection is cleared is a good feeling.
I also used colloidal silver when I had a bad sinus infection that affected my eyes. They were terribly bloodshot and stinging. The silver took it away within a few hours with repeated use. I was teaching at that time and all the other teachers had dealt with the infection with drugs. So grateful my chiropractor knew of the cure because it was late on a friday night and no doctors in sight!"
10/08/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Hi Francisca, I too suffer from dry eyes and floaters. I haven't found a solution yet for floaters but I think I have a solution for dry eyes. Yesterday when I wiped my right eye in the morning I got a sharp pain in my eye and severe burning in the eyelid. I went to qualitycounts.com and did a search for dry eye syndrome. I found a number of reports there which I read indicating relationships to omega-3 essential fatty acids dry eyes. In short, I took one tablespoon of cod liver oil, a capsul of evening primrose oil, a capsul of Salmon fish oil, I ate one half of a 3 ounce can of Salmon, I had some Black Currant jam as a substitute for Bilberry, a multivitamin & mineral tablet that contained Lutein, a vitamin E capsul and an acidodophilis capsul with milk. Today, I have no pain or burning in my eyes. The eyes are no longer red only have red blood vessels yet. My eyes feel wet with natural tears and my mouth has noticeable more siliva. It is definitely working for me. Go to the website I mentioned and do the search for dry eye syndrome and read the articles there. It works."
10/09/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Responding to Frank from Thunder Bay:
I too have been diagnosed with dry eye. And like you tried many omega oils and other remedies over the years for this problem. And am happy you got the combination that works and is giving you relief.
What worked for me was something else that seemed to be behind the problem; acidic foods especially coffee and tomato products, chilli products etc. I found when my eyes were stinging and hurting that almost without exception I remembered the two cups of coffee that morning or the salsa at the mexican restaurant for lunch.
One remedy to my acidic foods was to use baking soda (not baking powder! ); I take a quarter teaspoon in a quarter cup of water and with clean fingers just gently rub over my eyelids. Then wipe off with a napkin and reapply. The first application cleans off a residue, I think a bit grimey is how I'd describe it and believe that was from an acidic tearing coming from my eye. Then second application to eyelid and it's like magic. Suddenly the "dry eye" pain is gone.
So the oils that do seem to help some people didn't help with my dry eye problem but getting off acidic foods does and then the application of the alkaline liquid to eyelids is a tremendous relief when hurting. In fact, since discovering the "baking soda" remedy I've not had to buy eye drops for about five years."
10/09/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "Further to my posting yesterday regarding a remedy for dry eye syndrome. The science behind this remedy seems to be this. The film covering the eye is made up of mucus, water and oil layers which provide the lubrication between the eye lid and the eye as well as carrying needed nutrients to the eye. Tear layers image here: http://tinyurl.com/nj24x8w Normal tears image here: http://tinyurl.com/p3fl7mr Chronic dry eyes tear image here: http://tinyurl.com/p3rqe9g.
The right kinds of oils in the diet are required to form the correct kind of oil layer that can prevent the trapped water layer from evaporating in the same way that oil floats on water. When the water layer becomes exposed and evaporates, the eyes become dry resulting in friction from eyelid movements that causes damage the cornea resulting an inflammatory response.
In Adelle Davis's book Let's Eat Right, she points out on page 91 that the water soluble vitamin B2 combines with oxygen of the air to supply the cornea with oxygen. It therefore follows, that if the water layer evaporates, vitamin B2 would not be able to perform this function even if adequately supplied in the diet, as it is a water soluble vitamin. Symptoms of vitamin B2 non-performance would be expected to be the same as vitamin B2 deficiency which include light sensitivity, confusion and difficulty performing in dim light, and bloodshot eyes as the eyes shoot out blood vessels in an effort to supply the missing oxygen. Supplementing with Omega-3 oils alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), fishoils containing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), or omega-6 evening primrose oil (EPO), supply the correct kind of oils to help maintain a healthy eye oil layer and/or eating fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines or herring. Other than EPO, most omega-6 oils, such as those found in meats, most salad dressings or cooking oils, or a predominance of them in the body are conducive to and not corrective of dry eye syndrome.
A 2008 study showed that applying a .2% or .1% topical solution ALA succeeded in reversing damage done to the epithelial transparent dome covering the cornea of the eye by dry eye, and reversed dry eye syndrome and the resultant inflammatory changes it caused to the eye. Additionally, supplementing with a probiotic such as lactobacillus casei can be helpful in alleviating the severity of allergenic reactions in the mucus membranes. Lactobacillus thrive and multiply when taken with milk and fiber, if not milk intolerant, thereby increasing their effect. Further, symptoms of asthenopia is a condition that may be characterised by ocular muscle imbalance, pain and aching around the eyes, itching of the eyelids, ocular fatigue, dry eye, mental fatigue, stuffy head and headaches to cite some of the main symptoms, were significantly improved when supplements of fishoil containing DHA & EPA, bilberry extract, and lutein were given. A 2011 study found that supplementing with fishoils DHA & EPA and alpha-linolenic acid, ALA, found in flaxseed oil, significantly increased tear production and volume. Another study found that these oils inhibited inflammatory factors interlukin-1 and tumor necrosis factor alpha, promoting a healthier ocular surface and a decrease in dry eye syndrome. If you would like to read more on these studies you can find them here: Http://qualitycounts.com/fpdry_eye.htm"
[YEA] 08/05/2013: Mr. Ree from Usa: "Taurine gets rid of my floaters in one day and my eye sight improves dramatically as well.. One tablet (500) mgs/ day.. Miracle stuff."Replies
08/26/2013: Siva from Bangalore replies: "Hi Ree, this is very good news. How did u come to know that this would work? Wanted to take exactly same brand of taurine suppliment. Do we need to take any other suppliments too with this? Can you please give us some more details around it. V. taruntej (at) gmail [dot]com. Thank you."
10/15/2013: Frank from Thunder Bay, On replies: "FWIW, I have taken a 500 mg capsule of Taurine everyday for five days now and I don't see any noticable difference in my eye floaters so far.
I have also taken with the Taurine a 50 mg zinc gluconate tablet, a 40 mg manganese capsule, a 100 mg vitamin B6 tablet, a vitamin A&D caplsule and a lecithin capsule as these are supposed to be synergistic with Taurine."
10/15/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "Just a suggestion. I would experiment with N-acetyl-carnosine since it addresses a broad range of eye problems and report back on the results."