Perhaps it isn’t very often that we think about eye health. Though we rely on healthy eyes for us to do nearly everything from navigating our own homes and recognizing friends and family to driving a car and even reading this article, we often take our eye health for granted until something goes wrong. One small problem, however, can be a big deal and a sign that something very serious could happening, so let’s begin with a warning that if you notice any significant difference in your eyesight, from floaters and flashes to curved vision and eye pain, do seek medical attention quickly.
The good news is that while it is very important for you to see a doctor rapidly, most often eye conditions are very treatable to prevent lasting damage. And, even beyond medical attention, there are things that we can do to prevent a relatively common yet annoying eye condition: floaters, which are dark specs that literally float across the line of vision. Floaters in and of themselves don’t usually cause much harm and are rarely intrusive to vision, but those who experience them tend to find the condition annoying and wish to have a natural way to reduce them. Below are a few tips:
- Find ways to manage stress. There has been a significant correlation drawn between the tendency of floaters to high, unmanaged stress levels. Techniques such as daily exercise, meditation and even enjoying fun time with family and friends can be highly effective methods of managing stress when done daily.
- Increase antioxidants in your foods and/or through supplements such as dark berries, dark leafy green vegetables, turmeric and rose hips.
- Eat a balanced diet to feed your body and its organs the nutrients needed for proper health and vitality.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection to help protect your eyes from harmful radiation.
- MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) eye drops-known to be especially helpful with arthritis as well.
- Hyaluronic acid-which has also been known to help eyes heal after trauma and surgery.