One method of preventing eye floaters is to follow a holistic approach, which not only includes protecting the eyes from physical damage, but also involves appropriate nutrition. This system is not only a good way of preventing eye floaters in the first place, but is also useful in preventing any worsening of the condition for those already afflicted.
My guess is that most people have heard of the saying, “you are what you eat.” This certainly rings true these days, as medical research is able to confirm that by adhering to a proper diet, almost all physical disorders can be prevented and treated. These conditions include allergies and heart disease, and eye floaters are no different.
One of the most frequent causes of eye floaters is related to age, in that with time, the liquid in the eyes, the vitreous humour, changes in consistency and fluidity. This damage to the vitreous humour can be prevented by getting the proper nutrients, which is similar to the way that protection can be given to the cardiovascular system. In fact, the principal area of dietary advice given to prevent both eye floaters and heart disease is similar, in that the objective is to prevent inflammation and damage by free radicals. With this in mind, the diet should include large amounts of seafood and oily fish. These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body. A daily omega-3 supplement would suffice if there is a dislike of fish.
Anti-oxidants provide protection against damage by free radicals, so a diet including fruit and vegetables is essential. In particular, included should be foods containing two specific anti-oxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. These two anti-oxidants are amassed in the eyes, and have been identified as supplying a protective shield to the eyes. Some foods that are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are kale, turnip, broccoli, garden peas and Brussels sprouts.
Also include foods rich in vitamin A, which is vital in maintaining good vision and eye health. The top source of vitamin A is liver, but others include carrots, broccoli, kale, pumpkin and peas.
Vitamins C, E and D are also significant players in the prevention and cure of eye floaters. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant and is vital in the manufacture and repair of collagen. Collagen is a protein naturally occurring in connective tissue found in joints, ligaments and also the vitreous humour. Most fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, notably citrus fruits, kiwifruit and broccoli.
Another anti-oxidant, vitamin E helps to protect the eyes from degenerative issues such as eye floaters. This can be found in fatty foods such as oils, nuts and avocados.
Vitamin D has many jobs in the body, including halting the degradation of body tissues such as the vitreous humour. Good sources of this vitamin are liver, egg yolk and oily fish, but it can also be gained from exposure to sunlight.
Of course, it is widely known and accepted that proper nutrition is essential in improving general well being, but it is also a vital aspect in preventing eye floaters.