Eye floaters are composed of protein. They can be caused by complications of diabetes, pregnancy, trauma to the eye, complications of food allergies, or simply due to the natural aging process. Eye floaters usually are experienced as small dots, squiggles or thread-like structures in your field of vision. While floaters can be annoying, they are usually harmless. If you experience many floaters suddenly, or abrupt flashes in your vision, however, see your eye doctor immediately, as you may have a detached retina. While it may be unlikely to completely cure floaters through diet and supplements, it is possible to alleviate floater symptoms, as well as to prevent them.
Things You'll Need
- Vitamins A, C, E
- Beta carotene
- Minerals (chromium, calcium, copper, manganese)
- Dandelion root
Include antioxidants in your diet, such as vitamins A, C, and E, as well as bioflavonoids, selenium and beta carotene. These can help prevent damage that can occur to the vitreous. Vitamin C especially can help strengthen the connective tissues found in the eye.
Take minerals such as chromium, calcium, copper and manganese. They can help strengthen the connective tissue in the eye, improve circulation and help protect the vitreous from ultraviolet light. If your floaters are a complication of diabetes, chromium and manganese may help to regulate your blood sugar.
Swallow a daily gingko supplement. Gingko improves blood circulation, which can help treat eye floaters. In addition, bilberry supplements also may help to support capillaries, particularly those of the eye.
Try taking herbal supplements, such as horsetail, which can help repair the connective tissue, and dandelion root, which may help control blood sugar levels for diabetics with eye floater complications.
Talk to your eye doctor about surgical options, such as a vitrectomy. A vitrectomy is a procedure in which the vitreous fluid is removed. It is replaced with an artificial gel. This is a potentially dangerous procedure, however, that could result in blindness.