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Supplements for Eye Floaters?

Question:
Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?
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Answer:
A variety of supplements have been promoted for preventing or reducing eye floaters including vitamin C and lutein, ginkgo, milk thistle, collagen and hyaluronic acid. Find out if any of these have been shown to be helpful in clinical trials. See the full answer >> 

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COMMENTS

Mrs. B.17321   November 30, 2018
I have been using a product called Vitalzym by World Nutrition to assist with scar tissue problems. Since I've been on it, all floaters disappeared and have not returned. I am on a permanent routine of two soft gels a day.

Ken17616   March 10, 2019
Which of the Vitalzym products are you using?

Diane17066   August 12, 2018
I have been getting a series of 3 MiBoFlo flow (heat) treatments for dry eye in the winter for the past 3 years and also use a Bruder mask (moist heat) over my eyes daily. I have had floaters for many years but they have gotten more persistent and bothersome over the past few months. I wonder whether these heat treatments applied over the eyes for dry eye could be contributing to worsened floaters. Is there any evidence of this and have others experienced this?

Peggy17004   August 4, 2018
Two subjects do not a study make, but both myself and a neighbor have recently had cataract surgery and our floaters disappeared after that. Who knows why.

ruth17003   August 4, 2018
Based on my personal experience, hydrolyzed collagen has eliminated my floaters and my dry eye problem.

Gail17001   August 1, 2018
Curious if any supplements cause an increase in floaters??

ConsumerLab.com   August 8, 2018
Hi Gail - We aren't aware of any studies or reports of supplements causing eye floaters.

patrick16994   August 1, 2018
the procedure was pioneered by a Dr. at the eye institute in Birmingham Al., University of Alabama. The procedure was done in about 10-15 minutes using Versed - so not totally under - kind of dream like. No pain whatsoever. Patch off the next day and drops for a week I think. It's been about 12 years ago. I am still floater free. They were so bad I had lost ability to focus on reading...not good as I am investment advisor.

Hope that helps

Richard16998   August 1, 2018
Patrick, is vitrectomy the surgery you are referring to?

In addition, there is a painless procedure using a specially-modified YAG laser to break up and in some cases completely vaporize floaters. A small number of ophthalmologists nationwide specialize in this quick, painless procedure, with the number growing somewhat lately. I had it done in 2001 to great success. Then again in 2016 by a different doctor, for a different floater. While the floater I wanted him to treat went away completely, more-bothersome new ones appeared, probably because he (indefensibly, in my mind) also lasered the safely-reachable partions of a large amorphous floater behind the lens that I wasn't even aware of (i.e., wasn't creating symptoms)! So now I am considering getting a floater-only vitrectomy in that eye.

patrick16984   August 1, 2018
There is a simple surgical procedure that totally eliminates floaters. I have had it. 100% effective. Took about 10 min and one day with patch.

ConsumerLab.com   August 1, 2018
Hi Patrick - Thank you for sharing your experience with the surgery. We've added some information about that to the Answer.

DEANE16991   August 1, 2018
Please tell us a bit more about the procedure.....how long did it take and were you "put under"?
I've had floaters since I was a teenager and am now in my 70s and I'm sick of them!
Thanks.

Carol16983   August 1, 2018
There are no studies, you say, to support this, but now that you mention it, I realize that floaters are no longer as bothersome as they once were before I regularly took collagen gelatin protein. I use both Bulletproof and Great Lakes (and have no financial interest in either. Wish I did!).

Dianne16982   August 1, 2018
L-Carnosine has totally eliminated the floaters in my eyes. My granddaughter, who has a genetic anomaly called Lattice which creates floaters, takes L-carnosine and it has eliminated her floaters. Another friend who was scheduled for cataract surgery started taking L-carnosine and he was able to cancel his surgery. These are just a few people, but it is worth a try to take it. The eye has the highest amount of L-carnosine and it is an antioxidant. So it can help in many respects.

ConsumerLab.com   August 1, 2018
Hi Dianne - Thank you for sharing this. There is some preliminary evidence that L-carnosine may help to protect proteins and cell membranes (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19441807) and eye drops containing a particular form of carnosine (N-acetylcarnosine) may help for cataracts (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19487926). However, there do not appear to be any clinical studies on the effects of taking oral L-carnosine supplements for eye floaters.


Gregory 16990   August 1, 2018
I am encouraged to see these comments as I have experienced increased floaters over the last 90 days. The opthamolgist did not seem to have alternatives to resolving them after 2 visits. I will give this a try.

Christine17041   August 6, 2018
Hi. I am not sure what your history/age is but just some “food for thought”: tickborne infections can affect the eyes causing floaters/intermittent blurred vision (especially Lyme or Bartonella-related infection) & it may affect 1 eye or both.

ConsumerLab.com   August 7, 2018
Thank you for mentioning this Christine. We've added information about Lyme's disease and eye floaters in the answer above.

DEANE16992   August 1, 2018
Hello, Please tell us what brand and what dosage of L-Carnosineshe used?
Thanks.


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