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Is there a functional medicine approach for eliminating eye

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Is there a functional medicine approach for eliminating eye floaters which are progressively getting worse? P.S. I am a huge fan of functional medicine which I just discovered this summer when my baby was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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No. There is not any functional medicine approach for getting rid of floaters.

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What can you do about the floaters? Well, floaters don't go away, and they don't really get worse. Over time they tend to "sink" out of your central vision and you brain "filters" them out so you don't notice them so much anymore. They almost never cause significant visual problems except, of course, if they cause a secondary retinal detachment as discussed above. The only way to decrease or remove the floaters is with a major surgery called a vitrectomy. As a retinal specialist for almost 2 decades I've only done this procedure to remove floaters in a handful of cases.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
If my floaters are getting worse and I have spots of gray or colorful shadows after looking into bright light, what do you think may be causing that? I am thinking I may have something more going on than just benign floaters.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
It is not unusual to have different color spots in your vision after looking at a bright light so, as far as that is concerned, I would not be overly worried. I would, however, try to decrease the amount of time you stare at bright lights.
As far as the floaters go the numbers of them that you see can wax and wain depending upon the light, how much you are paying attention to them, what you are doing etc. If,however, you have noticed a marked and sudden increase in the amount of floaters it may be a sign of bleeding inside your eye. In this case it would be important for you to see an ophthalmologist for a full eye exam quickly.
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