Eye floaters are a recurring nuisance or a significant quality of life issue that affect as many as seven out of ten people to varying degrees. In many cases, eye floaters occur naturally as someone ages. That means there isn’t any proven way to reduce your risk for developing eye floaters or to prevent them from forming. Aside from a medical procedure to reduce or eliminate eye floaters, there is very little that the individual can do to affect their presence.
However, there are certain adjustments you can make to your diet that may improve the overall health of your eyes. While aiming toward healthier living is always encouraged, these suggestions won’t cure or reduce floaters and should never be substituted for the advice of an ophthalmologist.
Perhaps not as popular as the similarly looking blueberries, bilberries are potent in their own right. Loaded with antioxidants that strengthen retinal tissue, bilberries also contain anthocyanin, a powerful flavonoid which supports overall vision health.
Did you know that your eye’s vitreous humor is 99% water? It should come as no surprise then that its proper functioning depends on adequate hydration.
Eat for your eyes and be sure to enjoy a second slice of watermelon this summer!
In addition to the beneficial zinc and copper found in shellfish like oysters and lobster, the taurine present is invaluable in maintaining proper vision and eye strength.
While high concentrations of eye-friendly taurine are also found in red meat, shellfish is a much healthier alternative.
The vitamin C found in oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes can benefit our overall health and immune system. While anyone who has had grapefruit juice squirted in the eye during breakfast may disagree, citrus fruit is also essential for your eye health.
One of vitamin C’s lesser known primary functions includes the formation and maintenance of connective tissue, including the collagen that forms your eye’s cornea. Whether in juice, smoothies, or by the slice, taking care of your eyes has never been sweeter.
The omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts will not cure or treat eye floaters. However, they can provide protective properties against retinal diseases that can further debilitate your vision. In addition to walnuts, omega 3 fatty acid is also found in fish and wheat germ. Not a fan of fish? You can also find over-the-counter supplements to be sure you are getting the recommended dose to support your eye health.
The antioxidants found in leafy greens such as spinach, kale, chard, and collard greens all benefit your body’s circulation. In addition to being rich in healthy dietary fiber, the antioxidants present can also aid vision by strengthening retinal tissue to avoid the retinal tears that can result in eye floaters.
We always encourage everyone to take steps to live better and eat healthier, however, these tips will not remedy eye floaters on their own.
If your floaters remain persistent, increase, or significantly affect your vision in any way, please contact an ophthalmologist right away. They will be better equipped to diagnose your condition and recommend more effective options to treat eye floaters, including minimally invasive surgical treatments, like Laser Floater Removal.