A few weeks ago Jodi wrote in to the [Grow] Network to ask if anyone could help her out with her eye floaters. As always, we got a great response! It’s great to hear from so many people who have some knowledge on the subject, and want to share it with another member of the network who needs some help. Here are the top responses we got through emails and comments on the blog:
#1 – Me Too!
By far the most common response to Jodi’s questions was, “Me too!” It seems eye floaters are a fairly common condition, and many of our readers got in touch to make sure that we were planning on sharing the responses to Jodi’s question. No worries, folks – we’re all about sharing! So, hopefully, the ideas and information here will be of some help to Lee, Sandy, Mary, and all the other readers who are seeking information on this topic. Also, be sure to check out Claire Cox’s writing contest entry, What Eye Floaters Are and What Can Be Done About Them. There’s some more in-depth information there that might be helpful.
#2 – See a Doctor
I know this probably isn’t what you wanted to hear, but it seems that eye floaters are one indicator that you might have a serious medical condition. Jackie wrote in to share her experience. She had many floaters and was seeing flashes at the same time. She asked a friend of hers, who is an ophthalmologist in another city, about the problem. Jackie’s doctor friend told her to go get immediate medical attention because floaters and flashes together are a sign that you might have a retinal detachment. That’s a serious problem, and can lead to permanent vision loss. Jackie says that if she had gotten treatment sooner, the problem could have been treated with a simple laser procedure. But, because she waited to get treatment, she needed to have a buckle put in her eye. So, if you have floaters and flashes together, you probably want to get that taken care of. There’s a benefit to getting treatment sooner rather than later – and avoiding treatment for too long could leave you blind in the affected eye. Bad news – but definitely something I wanted to pass along. Thanks for sharing your story, Jackie.
#3 – Frankincense Oil
Several people wrote in to share that they have had success in getting rid of eye floaters with frankincense oil. This was the most popular home remedy that we heard about.
Carol puts a drop or two in the palm of her hand, rubs her palms together, puts her hands to her nose, and inhales deeply a few times. Then she cups her hands over her eyes, and holds them there for 10 seconds or more. She says to do this 4 or 5 times each day, throughout the day. Carol has had success with this, and she says if it works for you – you should see results within several days.
Jim did some research on this subject when he noticed some eye floaters in his vision a while back. He found that by using lavender and frankincense oils together, he was able to get rid of the problem quickly and easily. He shopped for the highest quality oils he could find. When he got them, he layered the oils on top of each other, around the bone of his eye sockets. Jim says that the oils worked together to get rid of the floaters easily, and with no side effects.
#4 – Raw Honey
Mmm – honey’s good! Carol and Linda both recommended the healing power of honey to help with floaters. Make sure you don’t open your eye if you do this one. You just put a teaspoon of raw honey on your closed eyelid, while you’re in a reclined position. Let the honey sit on your eyelid for 10 minutes or so. Have a warm, moist cloth on hand so that you can wipe up the honey in case it warms up and begins to run down your face. When you’re done, rinse your eye thoroughly with warm water – or take a warm shower. You can do this daily.
#5 – Bilberry and Lutein Supplements
Joanne had some floaters, and she found that she was able to make them go away by taking a bilberry supplement with lutein. After about two months of taking the supplement, the floaters were gone. When she stopped taking the pills, the floaters began to come back right away. She started the supplement again, and the floaters disappeared again – so she is still taking the supplement. She doesn’t see the floaters anymore, and her doctor says her eyes are very healthy.
#6 – Do Nothing
I realize this isn’t helpful at all, but as I searched around and read about this subject, I found that there’s consensus among the traditional medical community that eye floaters are generally harmless, and are typically more of an annoyance than a serious problem. If you don’t have a retinal detachment, but you do have floaters, most ophthalmologists will just tell you to get used to them. So, if you’re leery of the suggested treatments above, I guess that’s always an option.