"Floaters" are in the medical sense harmless; primarily a sudden increase in their number may indicate a defect or disease. The appearance of so-called "soot clouds" or light flashes, could be an indication of a retinal detachment. In this case you should seek medical advice immediately! 


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Ophthalmology and Optometry do not prioritise the issue of harmless "floaters" but are focused on the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Thus, a patient who attends for an eye examination with these problems of moving shadows etc. will be examined for symptoms of possible diseases. Under a so-called "differential diagnosis" the physician excludes serious damage, such as torn or detached retina, various inflammations, bleeding etc. In the absence of these abnormalities, the eyecare specialist will be unconcerned. They then leave the patients to themselves with the reassurance that ‘they will get used to it’ and that `it will go away’.

"Floaters" may be characterized by the medical profession as harmless, provided no pathological basis is present such as a retinal detachment.


However, for those affected they are by no means considered harmless. Vitreous opacities can be extremely disruptive and cause a constant stress. It restricts not only the quality of vision but can lead to emotional stress through to depression in patients. 


Therefore, you should definitely do something. There are ways to reduce the disturbances or at least to reduce the number of threads and dots.


The brain has a natural tendency to ignore everything we do not need. The same applies to the vision of „Mouches volantes“. For this purpose, it is necessary to strengthen the eyes to reduce the creation of "floaters", threads and points.


A healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables and water is not only good for the body but also for your eyes. Of course, fruits and from time to time meat and bread also belong to a balanced nutrition. With water and vegetables, you are already well on the way. Avoid fast food at all costs and try to eat fresh vegetables as much as possible. Additionally, you can take daily vitamins and certain specially
prepared phytonutrients in the form of capsules. VitroCap®  is focused on the increased demand for micronutrients at the appearance of "floaters".


Even day to day physical activities strengthen the entire body including the heart, brain and eyes. A combination of basic nutrition and exercise is important not only for your eyes but will also help to lose excess weight. Obesity is furthermore mentioned in the literature as a risk factor of reduced quality of vision and it is even believed that obesity has an impact on vitreous opacities .


Are your eyes frequently irritable or do you suffer from dry eyes? Then you may need to use eye drops. Seek advice on this from a doctor, pharmacist or optician.


Some affected also report a useful method that may at first seem absurd. Gaze at the moon! It is said that the brain learns faster to ignore the threads and points if every night you look at the moon for just five minutes. So what do you have to lose, just try it – it can do no harm.


What can be done in addition to a good diet and exercise more? It is very important, to not dwell on or think about the “floaters”. So, after you have finished reading this article, close your computer and try to not even think of the term "floaters", unless you suddenly see flashes of light or have other eye problems. Do no longer look into the blue sky (during the day); try to ignore the threads and points. Within weeks, your brain will have forgotten how they look like. Please don’t pay any attention to the "floaters",  they are not worth it. There is no need to deal with them. Therefore, delete the word "floaters" from your vocabulary.


If these suggestions are insufficient, you may pay special attention on the solution based on specific micronutrients for your eye. For further information, please click on VitroCap®.

Before you continue to read, please be advised that an operation is not risk-free and should only be considered as a last resort. Get detailed advice from your eye care professional and ask lots of questions. Get at least a second opinion from another eye care professional.


In very few cases, there is no other option than the surgical treatment of vitreous opacities. Currently there are two widely used methods of surgery with the corresponding advantages but also risks.


  • Laser treatment: This treatment is a technically difficult procedure and it does not guarantee the complete elimination of floaters.


  • Vitrectomy: This extensive vitreous surgery is reserved for much more serious pathologies of the posterior segment (such as proliferative diabetic retinopathy). In this case, most of the entire vitreous body fluid is removed and replaced with a chemically similar substance. With help of the vitrectomy the majority of floater particles are removed. The most common risk of this procedure is cataract (clouding of the lens) within the first year. Therefore, a better quality of vision is achieved with using a combination of surgery; removal of the cataract being performed simultaneously with a vitrectomy procedure.
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