Ever stared at something bright like a white paper or a blue sky and noticed small spots drifting your field of vision? If yes, those spots or weblike lines could be eye floaters.
Floaters appear as small spots, specks, cobweb-like images, or threads that move through your field of vision.
But don’t worry because eye floaters are common and should not interfere with your vision. This means that you can ignore the floaters and learn to live with them.
However, if they appear more than usual or suddenly, then you should worry. This is because in a few cases, floaters can block your vision.
The good news? There’s always hope for all eye floater sufferers. And now, we’d like to share some ‘how I cured my eye floaters’ stories from two people. Hopefully, these real-life stories will encourage you to face life with renewed confidence.
PS: We have included links to where these stories were originally published.
Story #1: Recovering from my Weiss Ring Floaters
Catherine W. from San Francisco, CA posted her positive experience on Yelp.
“I struggled with a Weiss ring in my right eye for a couple of years, which was really driving me nuts. In case you are wondering what is a Weiss ring, it is simply a type of floater (that floats over the optic nerve).
However, in my case, the Weiss ring was like a circle with earmuffs. The circle would constantly drift across my vision.
After I heard that it was possible to treat it, it took me over a year (and a ton of research) to get up the courage to try it.
I was super stressed out beforehand, but my surgeon was very patient and the procedure turned out not to be anywhere near as scary as I thought it would be once it got started.
The best part is that he managed to remove the Weiss ring during the first visit.
However, I did experience “fruit flies” in my vision after Dr. Johnson’s procedure. But after around two months, most of them are all gone, which makes me happy.
But I must admit that the thread-like strands are not easy to eliminate. In my case, I had several of them and one was very close to the retina. One thing I loved about the doctor is how careful he was in not trying to attack the particular floater near the retina.
While I still have several floaters left even after my second visit, I would still say that my vision is 90% better. This is because none of the floaters including the one that was close to my retina are annoying as the tumbling Weiss ring.
I still have faith that with time, my brain will learn how to ignore them. For now, I don’t notice them while going about my daily activities. Of course, not unless I am bored or idle.
So, I would *strongly* recommend this treatment procedure to individuals with a Weiss ring. But for you to be happy with the results, you definitely should not go into the procedure expecting “perfection”.
Note: the cost of the second visit was included in that of the first visit. So, the treatment is relatively affordable.”
Story #2: How I Got Rid of Stubborn Eye Floaters After Car Accident
Here is yet another story by Johann Schmid about his struggle with eye floaters and how he got cured.
“I had a car crash around July 2007. After recovering from the crash, I noticed I had vitreous floaters. My ophthalmologist advised that I had to learn to live with them. According to him, I would get used to the floaters over time and would hardly even notice that they exist.
However, this was not the case for me. The floaters only drove me crazy so I decided to consult two different ophthalmologists. Unfortunately, I did not get the answers I was expecting.
The only solution was to get a vitrectomy procedure done. This was, however, not going to be possible since I only had one functioning eye. I mean, there is always a possibility of things going wrong so I did not want to risk it.
So, in short, I had no other option but to learn to live with my condition. However, every day I would feel grumpier and more lethargic. It became worse that I would find myself turning every night at around 9PM.
Stumbled Upon an Idea
At the start of February 2007, I happened to stumble upon an article written by a renowned ophthalmologist in Amsterdam.
He was scheduled to hold a lecture on February 18th. Basically, he was going to discuss why the YAG floater laser is effective and safe enough as a treatment for vitreous floaters.
Happy that I could finally get rid of my floaters, I reached out to him immediately via email. Our conversation went smooth and so I quickly scheduled an appointment with him.
On March 10 and 28 in 2007, I finally underwent the YAG laser treatment. While the procedure did not remove all the floaters, the results were great. Right now, I can say I feel reborn.
Besides, there is a possibility that the remaining floaters can also be treated. I’m just here waiting for the clinic to acquire another (advanced) YAG laser device. This device may be able to reach the floaters that are located quite deep inside the vitreous fluid.
Wish me luck guys!”
How to Manage Floaters at Home
You don’t always have to undergo vitrectomy or YAG laser treatment to get rid of floaters. In most cases, you can manage them at home and let your brain naturally learn to remove them from your field of view. Here are some tips worth keeping in mind.
1. Flick the eye floaters
You can “flick” the floaters away from the center of your field vision by rapidly moving the eyes up and down. If this does not work, then you can move the eyes left to right.
Simply find a spot, sit down, and then relax. Next, choose a target to stare at and concentrate on that target. Then, move your eyes rapidly. This will help move the floaters away from your field of view.
2. Change your diet
Eating a healthy diet may also help you manage your eye floaters. Basically, your diet should consist of anti-inflammatory foods and essential vitamins that can support overall eye health. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants and taurine can also help support healthy vision.
3. Get enough rest
If your body fails to get adequate sleep or rest, you may experience stress in the eyes. As a result, the floaters may seem more apparent. So, be sure to get enough amount of sleep every night.
4. Massage the temples
Additionally, you should consider massaging your temples with your eyes closed. And for the best results, it is advisable to cover the eyes with a warm cloth.
5. Wear protective glasses
Wearing your sunglasses is also important when you are trying to manage eye floaters. The glasses will protect your eyes against UV rays that are harmful to your eyes. You should also consider using computer screen glasses.
6. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is eye drops that are often used to reduce inflammation after eye surgery. The drops simply help with the recovery process. There are claims that these eye drops may help dissolve floaters naturally. However, there is not much scientific evidence to support the claims.
The most frequently recommended treatment for eye floaters is to leave them alone. Unfortunately, floaters don’t necessarily disappear completely. They just move out of your field of view or simply become less bothersome over time. But if they increase dramatically, then you might need to see an ophthalmologist immediately.
Thanks for stopping by to read. We hope to read your success story one of these fine days. If you have one to share don’t hesitate to contact us today.