"Floaters are deposits of various size, shape, consistency, refractive index, and motility within the eye's vitreous humour, which is normally transparent. They may be of embryonic origin or acquired due to degenerative changes of the vitreous humour or retina. The perception of floaters is known as myodesopsia, or less commonly as myiodeopsia, myiodesopsia, or myodeopsia. Floaters appear as shadow-like shapes that appear alone or together with several others in one's field of vision. They may appear as spots, threads, or fragments of cobwebs, which float slowly before the sufferer's eyes. Since these objects exist within the eye itself, they are not optical illusions but are entoptic phenomena.
"One specific type of floater is either called Muscae volitantes (from the Latin, meaning 'flying flies'), or mouches volantes (from the French), and consist of small spots, these are present in most people's eyes and are attributed to minute remnants of embryonic structures in the vitreous humour." (Wikipedia)
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[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!!"
[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."
Eye Floaters and Eye Flashes
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."
[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!"
[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."
Mercury Toxicity Link
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"
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."
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.
two links here....
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!"
05/12/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "EYE FLOATERS: Most of the eye floaters are organic in nature sometimes a result of excessive calcium. Therefore reduction in calcium, oily foods, and reduction in pathogens through alkalizing and chelation may reduce floaters. However, I might also consider taking more vitamin C sodium ascorbate, and some vitamin E, since vitamin C levels is quite high in the eyes and antioxidants are important."Replies
08/20/2010: Jb from Central, Maryland, Usa replies: "Floaters do not have to be permanant. I wish I could say exactly what "cured" my floaters, but they are gone. I first noticed them about seven years ago in my right eye. It wasn't too bad, a long wiggly thing and a couple of sidekick specks that would float across my sight and become a nuisance on occassion. A few years later I developed another squiggly in the left eye--not as long, but noticeable every now and then; most frequently while driving or staring at the sky. What have I done? Well, I never really went after the floaters, but I did start taking magnesium, vitamin D, and boron because I'm starting to freak out about bone loss and my body utilizing the calcium I feed it. So maybe floaters are caused by too much (unused) calcium as Ted suggested. I tried to eliminate dairy one summer as an experiment and got the heebie jeebies all over-- I wasn't supplementing my calcium at all. Really scared me, thought I'd crawl right out of my skin. Messed with my mind a bit too, my thoughts went very primal--not a good or useful experience in modern day society... Okay, I digress. I went back to eating plain yogurt and some cheese occassionally, and used a calcium supplement now and then. (I have read that the more "flesh" foods one eats, the more calcium one needs for the digestion process. )
Anyway you might want to try the daily supplements (magnesium glycinate 400 mg; vitamin D 1000 I. U. ; and Boron- 3mg) to assist your body in using calcium-- it may just work. Good Luck!"
12/04/2010: Jashan from Indianapolis, Indiana replies: "HI,
Ted, how bad were your floaters, for how long you took the supplements? Please please reply soon. I have so many floaters in my eyes and I am really trying hard to find a possible cure. Please reply soon, or email me at jashansimi(at)yahoo(dot)com."
12/05/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Jashan, I do hope Ted will answer! I have had floaters for years too.... Maybe not as bad as some other people but they are very bothersome anyway! I have tried quite a few things, mainly for the liver but nothing has worked yet. I have also tried natural eye therapy and nothing happened either! So many people suffer from this.... Funny that there isn't more research or more help! I have now ordered a book about Hyaluronic Acid, it seems to help... They say...... But with the snow in Britain it takes long for books to get here! I think that MSM is supposed to help too!"
12/05/2010: Lolly from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Milk Thistle is good for floaters."
12/06/2010: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Some years ago I had constant floaters, the Specialist said it was because of my liver problems. So I agree with Lolly that Milk Thistle may help. I went to an amazing Chiropractor and after one treatment mine disappeared. I have since discovered that for me whenever my neck muscles tighten up I will get the odd one or two floaters but if I leave my neck untreated I get many more.
Unfortunately as we shifted I no longer have access to this man and finances do not allow for trialling the Chiropractors in my area. What we do now is my lovely hubby spends much time massaging my neck but only for a few mins at a time so as not to aggravate the already upset muscles. The fibromyalgia of course does not help. Magnesium oil rubbed into the neck also helps to relax my muscles. I have also found that taking extra vitamin C definitely helps. Vit C is also one of Ted's recomendations."
12/06/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I have heard of that too and I have tried but it did nothing for me! Maybe other people are luckier...."
12/05/2011: Julie from Toronto, Ontario / Canada replies: "Get those l-carnisine eye drops -
1. can-c (online only)
2. Bright eyes
and there are others too. Use them constantly - my eye floaters were reduced by about 75% in the first 2 weeks - thats how much they improved my eyes. It has been 6 months of constant use - at least 8-12 drops in each eye daily - expensive but my floaters are now wispy hairs that I notice about 20% of my day when I used to notice them 80% of my day so a huge improvement in my quality of life. Forget supplements, changing your diet or looking at the full moon or the sun - ridiculous! These drops work - even though my eye doctor allowed me to try them he doesn't want to know about their success. Unless they are prescription grade with horrible chemicals and bad side effects - the medical community just doesn't want to know that these drops really work. Too bad - a lot of people would be better off but that's doctors!"
05/24/2012: Christine from East Coast, Usa replies: "I had numerous floaters but then one very large black one in each eye after a flashing light event (eye doc promised me they were only floaters). They were there for several years, very annoying. I started eating beets for something else, and noticed that every time I ate beets, the floaters became thinner and more transparent. I then increased my beet consumption big time and the floaters are almost gone. It does take a while, after all, how many beets can you eat at a time? But it really makes a difference. I put canned, drained, rinsed sliced beets in a container with a couple of dashes of ground cloves, and some red wine vinegar, and brown bag them to the office for lunch. Delicious! Another food that helps are raw green peppers. Nothing else has worked for me."
05/28/2012: Jenny from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi I have been doing the mini beet juice for about 6 weeks and haven't noticed a huge difference. Lots of mucus but no change in energy etc. When I read your post about beets and eye floaters it made me realize that the beet juicing has helped my eye floaters and they are significantly reduced, not totally gone but heaps less. It is a yea from me for beets!"
08/10/2012: Razak from Nibong Tebal, Malaysia replies: "DO NOT take coffee and tea. I was taking coffee for few days because of fever, after that my floaters just got worse. In addition, I notice that after stopping tea, the number of floaters has reduced as well. Try STOPPING tea and coffea, and see what is the effect."
03/07/2013: Jeni Lau from Nt Australia, Australia replies: "Hi, Razak, I never drink tea, I suddenly found these funny things in my eye 3days ago. It worries me so much I accidentally found this page. So many people suffered from it. What I had been doing two days ago, I put a large table heap of dried googi berries in a cup, then pour boiling water into it, cover and let it steep for several minutes, flavour with honey and drink it. I just wonder if it had helped, as it had certainly reduced, and am going to continue with this and hope it really help. I hope I can find this page again. Good luck to all fellow sufferers."
Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid (B5)
[YEA] 09/03/2010: Pro8688 from Southcentral, Nj: "Eye Floaters: Taking 1000mg of Vitamin C in the form of Magnesium Ascorbate works for me, as does Pantothenic Acid in the form of 'Pantethine', 450mg occasionally, as needed. Adelle Davis, in her book 'Let's Get Well' p. 351-352 recommends both the above and along with Vit. B2 and B6."Replies
09/04/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks Pro8688, all the information on eye floaters is very welcome because there isn't much on this very irritating problem! I had a look at the reviews on Adelle's book on the Internet but she seems to be quite controversial and the book is quite old, do you find it a useful read? I also suffer from allergies and she seems to talk about that as well..."