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Are There Vitamins for Eye Floaters?

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author image Barb Nefer
Based in Kissimmee, Fla., Barb Nefer is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience. She is a mental health counselor, finance coach and travel agency owner. Her work has appeared in such magazines as "The Writer" and "Grit" and she authored the book, "So You Want to Be a Counselor."
Are There Vitamins for Eye Floaters?
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Overview

Eye floaters are harmless protein clumps that float in your eye fluid and appear as dots, strands or squiggly lines. They usually do not require treatment. They develop as part of the natural aging process and are also common in people who are very nearsighted. They may be treated surgically, but this is not common and is usually done as part of another procedure. If you have floaters that bother you, you may be able to improve the condition with vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Vitamin A

EyeCareBasics.com says that Vitamin A is known to support eye health. While it is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this purpose, there is anecdotal evidence that it can improve your eyesight and reduce the prominence of floaters. Use a Vitamin A supplement that includes magnesium, selenium and DHA, as those nutrients may also help treat floaters.

Vitamin C

Marc Grossman, O.D., says that Vitamin C is essential for good eye health. It supports the building of collagen, which makes the retina capillaries stronger and supports proper nourishment for the eye. It can help prevent floaters by keeping the eye healthy.

Taurine

According to EyeCareBasics.com, taurine acts as an antioxidant and supports the body's ability to get rid of waste products. Taking a supplement containing taurine may help prevent new floaters from forming.

Bilberry

Bilberry is a dietary supplement rather than a vitamin, but Grossman says it can be used to treat eye floaters. It acts in a way that is similar to Vitamin C, supporting collagen and improving circulation in the eye's blood vessels.

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