Eye Floaters and Lifestyle - Improve your Life!
For the majority of us suffering with eye floaters, a high-complication or high-risk surgical procedure performed only by a select few doctors throughout the world is not a viable option nor an acceptable solution to our problem.
Although eye floaters are typically considered harmless annoyances that accompany old age, an increasing number of healthy, young people are beginning to experience eye floaters. It is still not known exactly why tiny bits of the vitreous humour break off over time, but it is becoming more and more clear that age is not the only factor.
Until more definitive medical knowledge exists about the root cause of eye floaters, the best advice leads us to proper diet, nutritional supplementation, and healthy lifestyle changes.
The negative effects of smoking are so well-known that discussing them all here simply is not necessary. Most notably, however, cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide which reduces the level of oxygen saturation in the blood and depletes the body of vital nutrients such as potassium.
Suffice it to say that with thousands of dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke (most of whose individual negative side effects on the body are still not fully known) quitting smoking now will not only improve your overall health but may also prove to improve the health of your eyes, as well.
Eliminate or Reduce Alcohol Consumption
While there are conflicting schools of thought on the health benefits of alcohol consumption in moderation (such as a daily glass of wine), the fact still remains that the human body considers alcohol a poison. Alcohol negatively affects overally brain chemistry, contributes to dehydration, and depletes the body of vital nutrients.
While large amounts of alcohol act as a central nervous system depressant within the body, small to moderate amounts of alcohol can actually act as a stimulant and lead to restless sleep when consumed late in the evening.
Manage Stress and Anxiety
Based on surveys of those suffering with eye floaters, there appears to be a very strong correlation between stress, anxiety, and eye floaters. While the exact medical reason behind the correlation is unknown, it is known that during periods of mental stress, brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine become imbalanced.
Some medical authorities believe that over time, the brain actually learns to "ignore" eye floaters and prevent them from being cast into one's field of vision. Why this occurs is unknown, but one theory points to changes in chemical activity within the brain.
If the brain can, in fact, chemically inhibit eye floaters from being cast into one's field of vision, managing daily stress and anxiety becomes extremely important so as not to cause an imbalance in these important brain chemicals.
Drink More Quality Water
The human body is composed primarily of water, and the eyes are no exception. The vitreous humour, the clear, jelly-like substance found within the eye, is 98 per cent water. Water is involved in every metabolic process in every cell within the body.
With as fundamentally important as water is to human life, it makes sense to drink not only the proper amount of water but also high-quality water. Purified, spring, and steam distilled are the three highest-quality types of water one can drink. High-quality water results in improved nutrient absorption and allows nutrtional supplements to work most effectively.
Rest Your Eyes Throughout the Day
In today's world of flourescent lights and computer monitors, our eyes are continually stressed beyond their normal limits. As ten-hour days in front of a computer monitor become more and more the norm, so do eye floaters. This trend of eye over-exertion makes resting one's eyes throughout the day a good habit to get into.
If you must look at a computer monitor for long periods at a time, such as for work, consider purchasing a glare filter or (better yet) a high-quality flat-screen monitor to ease the strain on your eyes.
Improve the Quality of Your Sleep
Many people indicate that their eye floaters are most bothersome first thing in the morning. A number of theories about this exist, including:
- Inadequate REM sleep causes an imbalance in the levels of dopamine and acetylcholine within the brain (see Manage Stress and Anxiety above).
- Muscular stiffness in the neck, back, and jaw from poor sleeping positions lead to temporal pressure, pain, and eyestrain.
Inadequate fluid intake throughout the day causes dehydration overnight, leading to a drop in potassium levels and decreased circulation.
If you're not getting an adequate amount of sleep, or if you toss and turn throughout the night and simply don't get enough quality sleep, this may be contributing to your eye floaters. Aim to improve the quality of your sleep through changes in diet, exercise, better pillows, a better mattress, and adequate water consumption throughout the day
Cure for Eye Floaters
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