Eye floaters are very common. In most cases they are a mild annoyance at worst, but for some they are severe enough to obscure vision making it difficult to read or perform other daily tasks. Even otherwise harmless floaters can be a real problem. Some floaters go away on their own, and some your brain will learn to ignore. However, there are some ways to get rid of or reduce floaters that are interfering with your quality of life.
The first thing to consider is nutritional support. Improving the health of your eyes can help get rid of existing eye floaters and prevent or reduce the development of new floaters. For some patients prevention is the best treatment as existing floaters fade away with time.
Eye-healthy nutrition can help the eye clean itself up and get rid of the floaters. Antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, can serve the dual purpose of protecting your eyes from serious vision-robbing conditions, as well as improving your everyday eyesight.
Stress and anxiety are often associated with eye floaters. Reducing stress in your life may help prevent floaters, but once they are obscuring your vision, the floaters themselves can contribute to your stress and anxiety. Stress depletes your body of many types of nutrients, including nutrients that are necessary for eye health.
Laser Treatment for Floaters
In a small percentage of people with eye floaters, more aggressive treatment is necessary to restore vision and quality of life. When nutrition, lifestyle, and the passage of time are not enough, many patients are told that they are out of options and must learn to live with their decreased vision, or that the only alternative is invasive surgery.
However, laser treatments can break up or eliminate the floaters in your eyes. Laser treatments are not appropriate for every patient, and they do carry some risks, but for some they can improve vision without a more drastic procedure.
A procedure called vitrectomy can be used to surgically remove all of the vitreous gel from inside of your eye. This takes the floaters along with it. The gel is replaced with a clear liquid. Currently, vitrectomy is more common than laser treatments for floaters, but it is a more invasive procedure.