Vitreous Support: Floaters
It is possible to provide support for a healthy vitreous humour with a combination of dietary considerations and supplements. The traditional Chinese medicine model of vision health holds that the liver meridian supports overall eye health and especially the health of the vitreous. One such formula is called "Xiao Yao San" or "Rambling Powder," on which our Revision Formula is based (see reviews). Milk thistle extract may also help reduce floaters.
Floaters are basically debris floating around in the vitreous gel. The body is slowly trying to break them down. The natural way to help this process along is to stimulate the flow of energy through the eyes. This occurs slowly because there is no blood flow in the vitreous, but the body does create phagocyte cells(part of the immune system) in the vitreous that have the potential of breaking down eye floaters over time. The revision formula may speed this along.
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ReVision Formula (wild-crafted herbal formula) 2 oz
Vitreous Support Package 1
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Advanced Eye & Vision Support Formula + Hyaluronic Acid + Revision Formula + Vitamin C
ReVision Formula (wild-crafted herbal formula) 2 oz
For overall eye & general health, may reduce floaters.
Advanced Eye & Vision Support (whole food) Formula 60 vcaps
Whole food, wild crafted herbal vegetarian formula with vision antioxidants, chemical- and preservative-free.
Floater Homeopathic Pellets
Helps body dissolve eye floaters.
Hyaluronic Acid 70 mg 60 vcapsules
Vitreous & joint support
Milk Thistle Seed 2 oz
Dr. Grossman's Whole Food Combo
Krill Complex (Premium) 1000mg 60 gels
- Vitrectomy, a surgical procedure, which can give rise to complications such as cataracts, edemy, optic nerve damage, and retinal or vitreal detachment.
- Laser treatment, which is not very effective, although it is low risk.
Diet & Lifestyle Recommendations
- Eye health support recommendations for supporting healthy vision.
- Diet Add fresh juiced vegetables and fruits to your diet, best if organic. Our recipe for vitreous support includes some combination of these foods: garlic, beets, parsley, carrots, celery, apple, parsnip, raspberries (just a little fruit). Also see more information on juicing.
These are the nutrients that are most important in managing eye floaters. In general, by strengthening the health of the retina and vitreous, one reduces the risk of developing new floaters. These nutrients act together synergistically to help lessen the risk of floaters.
- Hyaluronic acid - Hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) is a large molecule found in the vitreous gel which it is believed contributes to its gel-like quality and may also support related connective tissue. Elsewhere in the body it is found in the gel-like fluid that lubricates joints and it is a component of the tissue healing process. As we age, the amount of hyaluronan in the body decreases.
- Glucosame sulfate - Glucosamine sulfate helps maintain connective tissue integrity. Some floaters are caused by disintegration of the lining of the vitreous sac. This nutrient may help slow down the natural aging effect on a weakening vitreous. Many people have noted an increase in floaters when they have joint disorders which may be related to chronic, systemic inflammation and its effect on eye health.
- Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for overall eye health. Since floaters are often the result of vitreous tears/detachments and/or clumping of the vitreous due to aging, vitamin C plays a role in blood and lymph circulation, waste elimination and supporting connective tissue. It may play a role in supporting the body in breaking down eye floaters. Learn more about the role of vitamin C in the body.
- L-methionine This amino acid can assist in removal of heavy metals and toxins that can contribute to eye disease. Methionine has a role in the body's synthesis of cysteine and taurine, two other important amino acids for vision health.
- Inositol - The carbohydrate inositol plays a role in moderating levels of calcium in the cell membrane and within each cell, which in turn plays a role in protecting the vitreous.
- Calcium - Calcium supports healthy connective tissue of the eye and throughout the body. Researchers have found that low levels of calcium (in proportion to phosphorus) is tied to increases in floaters.
- Zinc, Copper & Chromium - Zinc has some antioxidant characteristics. It plays a major role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina and helps Vitamin A create a protective pigment called melanin. Zinc also helps support the health of tiny capillaries in the eye, which are essential in nourishing the retina and related connective tissue. Zinc and copper, in balance, help support a proper acid balance in the body, which in turn helps may help avoid development of new floaters. Chromium may help limit nearsightedness, a risk factor for eye floaters. Chromium also has a role in sugar balance in the body.
- L-Carnosine - Recommended for cataracts, L-carnosine (LAC) shows promise in reducing vitreous floaters.2.
Related Conditions & Phenomena
- "Scheerer's phenomenon," - small bright dots, lasting for less than a second, which are often seen when looking at the sky. These are actually white blood cells in the retina's capillaries, whose color do not absorb the blue light and therefore are visible as white specks.
- Vitreous detachment
- Premacular bursa is one kind of floater-like experience that appears most often in teenagers and younger adults. Although it looks like a kind of translucent web or area, 'floater' in the premacular bursa are not really floater, because they are not within the vitreous. They are located above the retina in the premacular bursa. They are of microscopic size and appear large only because they are very close to the retina.