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Eye Floaters - vitreous floaters - muscae volitantes

Preface by Tracy Conger and research and links by Herb Discovery:

For months or even years I have had increased problems with my eyes and have more recently been involved in the worrying aspect. I went to the eye doctor and he explained that there is nothing I can do about the vitreous floaters that I have. He said they are proteins strands and floaters (vitreous floaters). I called my friend Joe and explained to him that I want to be more proficient at searching for health answers online. I actually had to hear it from him that it’s simply taking a term you know like vitreous floaters, getting the spelling right, searching for it online for anything that is related so that you can come up with “synonyms”. I did so today and found a site immediately under vitreous floaters. I read it and discovered that they’re also called 'muscae volitantes'. I looked further under the vitreous floaters search and found a site that targets exactly what I was after, a hope that the doctor gave me incorrect information or in other words a hope that I can get rid of the protein floaters.

Why couldn't’t the doctor give me the right information?

If I didn't’t find this information off the bat I could have dug deeper and found that the term muscae volitantes has a comparable definition that I could also use in my search. Don’t forget to search Pub Med once you discover all the different terminology that you can. My next step is to search pubmed.gov with the newly-found terms and see what further information I can discover.

I noticed that naturaleyecare.com has a section where it explains “There may be treatment and prevention through proper diet and supplements. Certain nutrients such as those found in the classic Chinese formula "Rambling Powder" and Milk Thistle Extract may help alleviate floaters.” I am excited to find out more about and also about Rambling Powder in order to be better educated and more careful through trial and error (gradually increasing my dosage) and seeing if this works for me.

You see: the doctors are regulated by the FDA and also by a faith and hope in their perception of science. See Joe’s article about what I refer to as their perception of science. They don’t specialize in herbs. The doctors are not the problem, but rather the entities and their regulations. The insurance companies have their own problems. The pharmaceutical companies have theirs. They all are intertwined with a legal problem that Tinymed refers to in his article,

End Tracy Conger

Research by Herb Discovery:

There are few scientific reports for this topic so I will include some informational sites. Some suggested natural cures center on improving circulation with Billberry, Rooibos, Ginko, Lysine, Taurine, Hemp oil and reducing oxidative stress.

1. Natural Eye Care: "Floaters are commonly found in nearsighted people and people with food allergies and candidiasis. Vitreous detachment is also common in diabetics, but the highest rate of complaints of floaters is in people over the age of 70. This is when the prevalence of a vitreous detachment jumps from 10% of the population to 63%. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, floaters are an indication of congestion in the liver, kidney and colon. The herbs and nutrients we recommend below are chosen for their abilities to eliminate congestion in these organs in order to keep the vitreous of the eye clear from these annoying specks, as well as to help strengthen the retinal tissue and integrity of the blood vessels. Finally, we believe chronic stress in one's life may also play a role in the generation of floaters, so having a daily routine of relaxation and meditation is very important. IMPORTANT NOTE: A sudden increase of floaters can be an indication of a vitreous or retinal detachment. People who are very nearsighted and/or diabetic are particularly prone to floaters and retinal tears. If you suddenly see new floaters, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately." http://www.naturaleyecare.com/diseases.asp?d_num=6

2. Research Report: "An HPLC-photodiode array (PDA) detection method was established for the simultaneous determination of 12 components in Xiao-Yao-San-Jia-Wei (XYSJW): geniposide, puerarin, paeoniflorin, ferulic acid, liquiritin, hesperidin, naringin, paeonol, daidzein, glycyrrhizic acid, honokiol, and magnolol...The proposed method enables in a single run the simultaneous identification and determination for quality control of 12 multi-structural components of XYSJW forming the basis of its therapeutic effect.
PMID: 18977108 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18977108?ordinalpos=4&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.
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3. National Eye Institute: "Age-Related Eye Diseases" http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/aging_eye.asp


4. Research Report: "Multi-modality imaging on multiple evanescent white dot syndrome-A Spectralis Study." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23166880

5.This site claims it can cure eye floaters with ophthalmic YAG laser: http://vitreousfloatersolutions.com/

6. Native Remedies web site: "...herbs such Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) which improve the circulation in the blood vessels of the eye and also help to facilitate delivery of essential oxygen and nutrients. Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) can be used as an effective all round tonic and restorative, with additional benefits ofmaintaining digestive health and liver functioning. Sutherlandia frutescens has excellent adaptogenic properties as well anti-oxidant effects." http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/eye-floaters-causes.html

7. Yahoo Voices: "Ginko, lysine and billberry are supplements that can be used to treat eye floaters by improving circulation in the blood vessels. By increasing the blood flow, this helps to remove debris that may be stuck in the eye.Foods abundant in antioxidants may also help with the number of eye floaters that have formed. Incorporate milk, dairy, carrots, oranges, fresh fruit, spinach, broccoli as well as other green vegetables into your diet to reduce the number of eye floaters you may experience.Supplements such as taurine has been used as an effective antioxidant in removing eye floaters. Hemp oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and may help to reduce the number of eye floaters." http://voices.yahoo.com/remedies-eye-floaters-5298863.html

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