Last Modified on Aug 05, 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.