What are Eye Floaters?
Using the example mentioned above, eye floaters (myodesopsia) are akin to having debris or smudges on your gadget screens. However, while we can easily wipe our screens, we can’t do that to our actual eyes.
Taking a closer look at the anatomy of the eye, there is a gel-like fluid called vitreous humor. This fluid is made up of water, collagen, proteins, and a few other materials. Its main function is to fill the space and give our eyes their round shape, much like water in a water balloon.
Normally, the vitreous humor is crystal clear so that when light enters the pupil it reaches the retina at the back of the eye largely undisturbed. However, due to aging, wear-and-tear, and poor eye health, substances in the vitreous humor can start to clump and stay suspended for some time.
Now, when light passes through the pupil the suspended clumps or “floaters” cast a faint shadow on the retina. We see these as small “squiggles” or light shadows in our field of vision. These shadows stay even when we blink or shift our gaze. They are most noticeable when you look at a white or light-colored background. Floaters themselves do not cause any sort of pain or discomfort.
How to Reduce Floaters in Eyes Naturally
Firstly, it is important to note that floaters are common, especially as we get older and the more we strain our eyes. Floaters are not harmful but seeing them can be distracting or annoying. Rarely do floaters need medical treatment or removal. Sometimes, floaters can be concerning if they obscure vision or you have other eye problems such as glaucoma or retinopathy.
With that said, there is no actual way to remove floaters but we can try preventing them. Floaters seem to disappear over time because our brain learns to ignore them after some time. Additionally, floaters eventually settle toward the bottom of the eyeball after several months. Therefore, if you start seeing floaters, don’t stress over it.
Factors that contribute to floater formation:
How to Reduce Floaters in Eyes Naturally: Remedies to try
How to Reduce Floaters in Eyes Naturally: Flicking
This is an unconventional method but it may work for you. Flicking your eyes involves quickly and repeatedly shifting your gaze. Focus on an object and rapidly look up and down or side to side. You can try doing this several times a day to help move the floaters away from the center of the vitreous humor. However, rapid eye movements can make some people feel dizzy and can make floaters move more.