Floaters are those tiny spots, lines, or specks that seem to move around in your field of vision. These can be distracting or even cause anxiety about one’s eye health.
While there is no definitive cure for an eye with floaters, there are some natural remedies that have been shown to be effective in managing the condition and even improve it. Here are the top natural remedies for an eye with floaters and dry eye, backed by research:
- Bilberry: Bilberry is a plant that has been used for centuries to improve vision. It contains anthocyanins, which are powerful plant chemicals that protect the retina from damage. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that bilberry extract improved visual function and reduced eye fatigue. During World War II, British fighter pilots reported improved nighttime vision after eating bilberry jam.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are found in fish, flaxseed, and walnuts. They have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the inflammation that causes floaters. A study published in the journal Clinical Ophthalmology found that omega-3 supplementation improved the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, which is a common condition that can occur along with floaters.
- Ginkgo Biloba: Ginkgo Biloba is a tree native to China that has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions, including eye disorders. It contains flavonoids (plant pigments), which protect the eyes from damage. A study published in the International Journal of Ophthalmology found that Ginkgo Biloba extract improved visual function in people with glaucoma – a condition where there is increased pressure in the eyes.
- Natural Eye Extracts: Based on user reviews, supplements containing extracts of animal eye tissue have been used for reducing eye floaters and improving eye health. While there are no studies on these types of remedies yet, its a promising upcoming category of eye support. Its use is based on the premise of “like cures like”.
- Eye exercises: There are several eye exercises that can help reduce the appearance of floaters. One of the most effective exercises is called the “eye circle” exercise. To do this exercise, simply look up and then move your eyes in a circle, clockwise and then counterclockwise. Repeat this exercise several times a day.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful vitamin that protects the eyes from damage and increases their health. It is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, strawberries, and broccoli. A study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology found that high levels of vitamin C in the diet were associated with a reduced risk of developing cataracts (a cloudy eye lens). Another study from Irish and German researchers found that an eye formula containing vitamin C reduced the severity of floaters and improved visual health.
While these natural remedies may or may not completely cure an eye with floaters, they can help to manage the symptoms and improve one’s overall eye health. Fresh leafy greens also contain valuable vitamins for the eyes. If you are experiencing floaters, a visit to your eye doctor may be helpful.
Some good tips would be to eat a healthy diet containing colorful fruits and vegetables, and also adding some proven natural remedies (preferably one at a time to determine its effects). Here’s to your enjoyment of clear, healthy vision for years to come.
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