The Top Five Myths about Eye Floaters, Exposed!
Eye Floaters are a nuisance that affect 70% of people 1, hampering their vision and making life more difficult. How much do you really know about your Eye Floaters, though? It seems that the only thing more common than floaters is the amount of misinformation we’ve seen. Below we bust the top five myths about eye floaters!
1. Diet causes or can treat eye floaters
Diet has really no effect whatsoever on eye floaters. What you eat neither causes them nor treats them. However, there are some ways your diet can support the overall health of your eyes. Check out our blog on diets, https://eyefloaterinstitute.com/diet-cant-cure-floaters/ to learn more about how your diet can improve your eyes’ health.
2. Floaters go away on their own
Unfortunately, ignoring eye floaters isn’t the solution to this problem. Floaters will not go away on their own, but they are treatable! You don’t have to learn to live with floaters, but many people find that can if their floaters are small and unobtrusive. However, if your floaters are significantly impacting your vision and disabling and disrupting your quality of life, treatment options are available to you. One well-known treatment option is a vitrectomy, which is a surgical operation that removes the floater from your eye. Another treatment option is Laser Floater Treatment. This is a newer technology that breaks apart the floater without invasive surgery. If you are looking for treatment, have an open conversation with your doctor about your options.
3. All floaters look the same
This is a definite myth, since every single floater is unique in both size and shape. Some people have floaters so small that they never notice them. Other people have floaters large enough to impede vision and cause blind spots.
Floaters can also come in different shapes, such as grey or black dots, cobwebs, squiggly lines, or rings. So, don’t dismiss the possibility of a floater simply because it doesn’t look like what you think it should. Knowing you have a floater is half the battle in finding relief.
4. Floaters are caused by looking at the sun
Another common myth that is completely untrue! Eye floaters are not caused by looking at the sun, just like they are not affected by diet. They are pieces of collagen that have broken apart from the vitreous gel in your eye. These fibers clump together and cast shadows on your retina when light enters. This shadow can disrupt your vision.
This process happens naturally as we age, and is not a result of a lack of sunglasses. However, you should still avoid looking at the sun, as it can cause other eye problems.
5. Only people over 50 develop eye floaters.
While risk for eye floaters increases as you get older, especially at the age of 50, anyone can develop eye floaters at any point in their life. Besides age, there are other risk factors for eye floaters, such as nearsightedness, eye injuries, post-cataract surgery, diabetic eye disease, and inflammation in the eye.
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“Eye Floaters.” Rittenhouse Eye Associates, March 2018, www.rittenhouseeye.org/eye-care/eye-floaters/.