Do you have any magical cures for eye floaters? A common question I’ve heard over the years. Yes and no. Here’s what I’ve learned:
There are no magical cures for floaters—only prevention for making more of them. Floaters are caused by a micro hemorrhage of the blood vessels in the back of the eye–when the bleeding contracts, the blood clot floats within the vitreous humor of the eye. After a time, the body adapts to the floater and is not consciously seen unless the person concentrates to see it. So “they” say.
The goal is to strengthen the blood vessels so they won’t bruise or rupture.
Products that seem to be working the best for the general population include:
- Zinc Liver Chelate by Standard Process
- Visual Eyes by Source Naturals
- Ocu-Guard Plus by Twin Labs, which doesn’t work as well as either of the above, but still works well and is usually readily available in most health food stores. Ocu-Guard without the plus doesn’t work very well, so don’t get that.
- Rutin, a molecule of vitamin C, which helps to strengthen the connections between the cells to prevent further bruising and bursting of the blood vessels. Rutin is sometimes hard to find, but it’s really cheap when you find it—or you can eat lots of citrus fruit (especially the white part of the rind is high in rutin) or eat lots of buckwheat which is also high in rutin.
If you have a zinc deficiency (like most of my clients seem to have) you’ll have lots of other symptoms of that. The same goes for copper deficiency (mostly tendon/ligament problems) here.
If you go to my Diet/Nutrition part of the website, you’ll find lots of Best Bet Sources for Zinc and Copper as well as the deficiency signs for those minerals. Here’s the link: /Diet_Nutrition/mineral_best_bet_foods1.htm
Other dis-eases that can predispose a person to floaters are high blood pressure and taking blood thinners and NSAIDS such as aspirin, Tylenol, and even Ginkgo biloba on a regular basis.
If you bruise easily—you also have a predisposition for hemorrhage within the ocular vessels. There is usually a reason for the bruising and high blood pressure. Getting to the core cause of these diseases is just really helpful in preventing all kinds of other problems including the floaters. Everything ties into everything else.
Magic cures? No. Prevention? Yes!