Except in the most severe cases, many doctors advise you to simply learn to cope with your eye floaters. That is easy to say when you aren't the one living with spots, floating shadows and cobwebs in your field of vision.
Floaters are caused by clumping of collagen protein in the vitreous humor, the fluid inside the eye. This clumping occurs naturally as we age and the vitreous humor (which is mostly water) begins to shrink with time.
Management of Eye Floaters
If the eye floaters are new, and especially if they are accomplanied by intermittent flashes light in your vision, you must see your eye doctor to make sure that you do not have a retinal detachment. Retinal detachments are painless and can cause permanent vision loss.
Once your eye doctor has determined that your eye floaters are long-standing and not dangerous, you have options to manage your symptoms.
Yag Laser treatment of floaters is performed by some ophthalmologists, and especially by retinal specialists. This is because there is a small risk of complications, such as bleeding, cataract and retinal detachment with this treatment. The floaters are not removed, but rather shredded into smaller, and hopefully, less noticeable particles that cast shadows onto the retina.
Improving dry eye may improve the symptoms of eye floaters - though doing so does not actually remove the floaters.
One of the reasons people see floaters in their fields of vision is visual defocus, which is exacerbated by abnormalities in the tear film, the protective layers of mucus, saline and oil that cover the visible part of the eye. This is why floaters are most noticeable against a pale wall or cloudy sky, when the eye can be focused on the air space between you and the background.
Blinking your eyes clears up the floaters temporarily because it replenishes the tear film. Improving the tear film is helpful for eye floater symptoms.
Artificial tear eyedrops, punctal plugs and prescription eyedrops can strengthen the tear film. Additionally, a nutritional supplement that benefits all three layers of the tear film – the inner mucus layer, the middle saline layer, and the oily outer layer – to provide maximum stability, has the potential to provide 24 hour per day, 7 days per week support of the tear film.
VisiVite has two supplements for the support of dry eye:
VisiVite Dry Eye Relief TG-1000 if our full-strength patented formula. It contains Mucin to bind tears to the eyes' surface, as well as Omega-3 Fatty Acids to support healthy tear production and phytosterols to boost the critical oily outer layer of the tear film.
VisiVite Quench requires only 2 softgels per day, and like its patented counterpart, supports all layers of the tear film.