How to Protect Your Eyes from “Floaters”

 

Eye floaters are spots that you can see in your vision. They may look to you like black or gray strings or cobwebs that drift when you move your eyes and appear to dart away when you try to look at them directly. These eye floaters are the microscopic fibers within the vitreous tend to clump and can cast tiny shadows on your retina.

 

However, most eye floaters don’t require treatment. Eye floaters can be frustrating since adjusting to them will surely take time. It can only be treated by surgery or laser if advised by your ophthalmologist.

 

So, why do eye floaters appear? Can you do something to avoid them?

 

Symptoms

   
  • Small shapes in your vision that appear as dark specks or knobby, transparent strings of floating material
  • Spots that move when you move your eyes, so when you try to look at them, they move quickly out of your visual field
  • Spots that are most noticeable when you look at a plain bright background, such as a blue sky or a white wall
 

Triggers

 
Triggers of eye floaters

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  • age
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • nearsightedness
  • medication
  • eye inflammation
  • eye bleeding
  • torn retina
  • tumors
  • Surgery
  • migraines or headaches
 

How to Keep you Eyes Healthy

  How to Keep you Eyes Healthy  

Prevention is better than cure. If you don’t want to have some eye floaters, make sure that you’ll take good care of your eyes with these procedures:

 
  1. Annual Eye Exam

 

Every two years it’s essential for your eye health to visit an eye doctor, ophthalmologist, or optometrist. Don’t wait until you’ll notice a problem with your vision to receive an eye exam.

 
  1. Healthy Diet is Important

 

A healthy diet is essential for your eye health. Nutrients found in vegetables and proteins — such as lutein and omega-3 fatty acids — can help prevent vision problems and reduce your risk.

 

Consider leafy greens, salmon, and citrus fruits into your diet. Not only can these foods improve your vision, but they can also reduce your risk of developing vision disorders.

 
  1. Drink More Water

 

Water is essential for human health, and not just for hydration. Drinking water can also help flush out harmful toxins and debris from your body.

 

Eye floaters can form as a result of toxin buildup. Increasing your water intake can help your body feel better and improve your eye health.

 
  1. Wear Protective and Proper Eyewear

 

If you’re physically active or play sports, consider wearing protective eyewear to protect you against injury. Wearing eye protection is also recommended if you’ll be repairing your home, gardening, or performing household duties to reduce the risk of dirt and debris that can affect your vision.

 
  1. Rest Your Eyes

 

If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer/cellphone screen, your eyes may weaken or become strained over time.

 

Practice the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a break while working at your computer. Every 20 minutes, look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.

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