Natural treatment of eye floaters involves things that are mostly obvious. First you should focus on good nutrition and keep off eye damaging habits. Consider also reducing or quitting smoking and drinking to treat your eye floaters.
When the fibers of the vitreous body separate from the retina, floaters in a small area of vision are usually the only problem. In some eyes, however, many of the attachments between the vitreous body fibers and the retina will be broken.
I designed and use the Karickhoff 21-mm Vitreous Lens (Ocular Instruments, OJKY-21), which provides an excellent view of the vitreous, gives added coning and safety to the laser beam and focuses it into the mid vitreous. It is also helpful to have the Karickhoff Off-Axis Vitreous Lens (Ocular Instruments, OJKPY-25), which has a built-in prism. This allows treatment of floaters that are not in the central visual axis.
Vitreous syneresis is caused by depolymerization. The precise reason that this occurs is a little researched area. There seem to be congenital causes such as genetic disorders as well as anecdotal reports of environmental causes. Vitreous degeneration is usually associated with middle-age, but children and teens have also reported vitreous opacities. Floaters and are also believed to be more common in nearsighted eyes. Most people who have the problem in one eye will also have it in the other.
If a potential patient exhibits some of these or other characteristics we think may put them at higher risk, we may modify the treatment strategy or choose not to treat at all. One modified approach is to treat at much lower energy levels at the first treatment session to assess how the eye responds. We have observed that if the patient does not respond with a pressure elevation after the first treatment, then it is very unlikely they will have a problem with subsequent treatments regardless of how aggressive. There is the possibility that the eye pressure may not come down with treatment which could require long term use of eye pressure medications or possibly the need for further surgery.
A vitrectomy essentially opens your eyeball and replaces the vitreous with a saline solution. However, this operation has a high possibility of failure due to complications. Unless you are being rendered practically unable to see because of the sheer number of floaters, then you shouldn’t consider a vitrectomy at all.
Do eye floaters ever go away on their own? Good news is floaters are pretty normal. However they won't simply disappear or go away with time.
You may have heard of the traditional Chinese medicine of acupressure, which involves applying pressure to points in the body to boost circulation and promote healing. This treatment is similar to acupuncture, but instead of using fine needles, fingers target the healing points.
"Eye floaters" are deposits or condensation in the vitreous jelly of the eye. People use the term eye floaters to describe seeing floating spots within their vision when they look around. People describe eye floaters as spots, straight and curved lines, strings, or "O" or "C" shaped blobs. Some see a single floater while others may think they see hundreds. Floaters may be present in one or both eyes. The majority of eye floaters are caused by normal aging changes within the eye. However, a person developing symptoms of eye floaters should be checked by an ophthalmologist to make certain that there is no associated eye abnormality which requires treatment. Most floaters will fade over time and become less annoying or noticeable. Herbs, vitamins, and iodine-containing products have been touted as effective in decreasing eye floaters. However, none of these have been proven effective in clinical trials.
Eye floaters should only be perceived as a medical emergency if it is accompanied by light flashes. Floaters that are not serious in nature are not accompanied by light flashes. The presence of light flashes or visual disturbances may be a signal that the vitreous is pulling away from the retina, or that the retina is rapidly getting dislodged from the back portion of the eye containing a rich supply of nutrients, blood, and oxygen.