Myodaeopsia is characterized by vitreous floaters or clumps of microscopic fibers that accumulate within one’s eyeball. This often ignored condition is linked less to age or genes than to a toxic stressed mainstream lifestyle. In this blog-article, i will first look at myodaeopsia’s symptomatology (Section A), then examine it’s causes (Section B) and conclude with a series of holistic techniques that can both prevent and mitigate if not reverse this problem (Section C).
What is Myodaeopsia ?
Eye floaters are microscopic fibers and debris of protein that accumulate within one’s eyeball and that appear as moving shadows in one’s vision. (Source) They are made of protein and other discarded cell material from the vitreous eyeball. See below.
Top: Those inner eye protein fragments are floaters (credit: www.naturaleyecare.com) Thanking naturaleyecare for permission to use eye photo.
Although these shadows are usually perceivedas being in front of the lens, they are in fact on the inside of the eye in the vitreous humor (which is like a gel-like ball in the eye). Over time, after traumas or with a degenerative lifestyle, bits of debris are discarded by the vitreous humour or retina that causes protein (connective tissue) to be released. They float around inside the vitreous humour and cast shadows, obscuring vision in certain lighting conditions.
In toxic societies, this condition is especially seen in older people as the vitreous becomes less solid over time. Trauma, poor nutrition, different diseases, drugs, cataract surgery and more can cause this condition.
Causation & Underlying Conditions
Vitreous eye floaters are due to the vitreous gel gradually liquefying. The vitreous gel helps maintain the shape of the back of our eyes and as it degrades connective tissue (proteins) are released into the gel. More than 50% of people over 70 see them. For most older people, there is more toxemia and degradation. So this condition is less tied to age than toxemia and lifestyle. Some parts of the vitreous may also clump up forming floaters inside the eye. Shrinking of the vitreous (vitreous syneresis) that occurs in many of the elderly and un-healthy individuals is a factor in this condition. Hereinunder a few of these un-healthy conditions that can affect this eye condition.
Promoting Factors & Illnesses That lead to Vitreous Floaters
Diabetes. Floaters are common in diabetics because that condition causes a number of weak capillaries in the eyes that can leak blood, which can clot and be deposited as floaters in the vitreous.
Kidney Congestion. From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, congestion in the kidney, liver and colon can contribute to development of floaters. The nutrients and herbs we recommend are chosen for their ability to reduce congestion, helping to keep the vitreous free of these little specks and spots. In addition, these supplements help to strengthen the connective tissue of the retina and the strength of the blood veins and arteries.
Vitritis: Vitritis is an inflammation of the vitreous body, which may be caused by a number of viruses such as ocular herpes, cytomegalorvirus (related to chicken pox) or other viral infections.
Uveitis – Inflammation in the uvea in the back of the eye which can be caused by infection, parasites, trauma, a few cancers, and conditions of the immune system.
Cancer A case study reported on a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia who included floaters among his symptoms. (1)
Drugs Some prescription drugs can cause floaters. See “Drugs That Harm the Eyes” for a discussion of medications that could be potentially detrimental to your vision.
Vitreous anamolies Retinal tears, detachments, leaky blood vessels, and other vitreous anamolies can be experienced as floaters. Note: a full retinal detachment is a medical emergency.
Cataract Surgery Sometimes complications from cataract surgery can cause floaters. Indeed, patients who have had cataract surgery frequently report annoying floaters. One study assessed two types of cataract surgery and determined that those patients receiving a newer “hinged capsulotomy” reported fewer floaters. (2)
Stress We believe that chronic stress may contribute to the generation of floaters (as well as any other health condition one may be prone to), so developing a daily routine of mediation, yoga, or relaxation is really important.
Prebirth. For some people, floaters may appear as a result of bits of cells that never fully dissolved from blood vessels created during prebirth development of the eyes. This is known as hyaloid artery degredation. Prior to birth, the eyes of the unborn child contain an artery which regresses during the last three months of pregnancy. Sometimes cell material is left behind which is experienced as floaters.
Eye Trauma. Trauma to the eye may also cause spots and floaters. Many floaters remain in the eye for a long time before they gradually disappear.
Near-Sightedness. Those who are nearsighted are also at higher risk of developing eye floaters, along with people with food allergies and/or candidiasis (chronic yeast infections).
Conventional and Holistic Solutions
A few eye doctors perform laser surgery for this condition, but it depends upon where the floaters are located the fluid and the type of floater. Most patients who may be candidates for laser surgery have experienced PVD (post vitreous detachment), which can push floaters toward the center of the eyes and away from the lens and retina. However this practice is still considered outside the scope of conventional ophthalmology practice. Besides laser, not much is done in conventional medicine, unless there are complications, like retina detachment.
Processed toxic diets, with refined grains, too many sugars, toxic addivitives, bad oils and other elements constitute an inflammatory diet, which is a contributing factor eye diseases. The high inflammation level in the body is reported to be an important factor in premature mortality and eye degeneration, hence the importance of an anti-oxidant right diet. (3) Diets rich in fruits and vegetables as well as being low in refined carbohydrates, along with targeted supplementation of antioxidants helps keep one’s body and eyes healthy and free of disease. Below a few recommendations.
1. A holistic diet with plenty of organic vegetables and fruits. The improved Mediterranean diet and the holistic Vegan diet are the two we recommen. Frequent drinks of organic carrot juice and loads of tomatoes and blueberries are also great for the eyes.
2. Avoid all toxemia from diet, air and water. For example, the food additive monosodium glutanate (MSG), which is used as a flavor enhancer, is a potential retinal toxin. (4)
3. Avoid staring at the sun (unless it’s rising in early morning, or setting in evening).
4. Avoid prescription drugs in general. Unless one’s doctor can persuade you that the benefits of a prescription drug is more important than its risks. For example, fat blockers like Olestra impair the absorption of carotenoids, which is an important eye molecule. (5)
Talk to your doctor or get a second opinion to make sure that you are not taking more (both prescription and non-prescription) medications than you really need and that your medications do not interact negatively. Many prescription drugs damage the eyes and general health.
5. Wear wrap-around sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection whenever outside in the intense sun. Earlier or later in the day, sun penetration through the eyes is actually good, including for melatonin and cortisol production.
6. Filtering glasses in house if there are lots of artificial blue wave lights. The best lens color is amber and red, which neutralizes blue light. Brown is the next best color. (6)
7. Eliminate smoking. Smoking produces cyanide, a retinal toxin. Research shows that the risk of macular degeneration in smokers is two to three times higher than in non-smokers.
8. Exercise every day. Include soft exercise like yoga. A good blood flow can help to prevent, diabetic retinopathy, optic neuritis, macular edema and other eye diseases.
9. Avoid microwaves. Leakage from microwave ovens are a direct cause of cataracts, so avoid peeking into the oven door window while you cook. In addition, food proteins exposed to microwaves can become toxic to the lens, which is made up mostly of proteins.
10. Manage your mental health. Emotional well-being is very important to good physical health. Fear, anger, stress, etc, are important factors in many diseases. You can help balance your emotions through meditation, prayer, exercise, all of which will help to benefit from retina health.
11. Perform eye exercise, cupping and the Bates interventions.
12. Avoid long exposures in front of screens. Use bleu filtering devices.
Below, a few supplements that act synergically with both foods and other healthy elements of a holistic lifestyle.
Omega-3 fatty acids supplements: These lipids are essential for healthy vision and also improves circulation, strengthens the integrity of blood vessels, improves brain function, and is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Vegan food omega 3, algae and krill oils are best.
Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) is a large molecule found in the vitreous gel which it is believed contributes to its gel-like quality and may also support related connective tissue. Elsewhere in the body it is found in the gel-like fluid that lubricates joints and it is a component of the tissue healing process. With un-healthy aging, the amount of hyaluronan in the body decreases.
Glucosamine sulfate: Glucosamine sulfate helps maintain connective tissue integrity. Some floaters are caused by disintegration of the lining of the vitreous sac. This nutrient may help slow down the natural aging effect on a weakening vitreous. Many people have noted an increase in floaters when they have joint disorders which may be related to chronic, systemic inflammation and its effect on eye health.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for overall eye health. Since floaters are often the result of vitreous tears/detachments and/or clumping of the vitreous due to aging, vitamin C plays a role in blood and lymph circulation, waste elimination and supporting connective tissue. It may play a role in supporting the body in breaking down eye floaters.
L-methionine This amino acid can assist in removal of heavy metals and toxins that can contribute to eye disease. Methionine has a role in the body’s synthesis of cysteine and taurine, two other important amino acids for vision health.
Gluthathion: An inner-cell detoxifier and anti-oxidant.
Inositol: The carbohydrate inositol plays a role in moderating levels of calcium in the cell membrane and within each cell, which in turn plays a role in protecting the vitreous.
Calcium: Calcium supports healthy connective tissue of the eye and throughout the body. Researchers have found that low levels of calcium (in proportion to phosphorus) is tied to increases in floaters. We recommend calcium from foods and juicing because supplements of calcium can be a contributing factor to cardio vascular events.
Zinc, Copper & Chromium: Zinc has some antioxidant characteristics. It plays a major role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina and helps Vitamin A create a protective pigment called melanin. Zinc also helps support the health of tiny capillaries in the eye, which are essential in nourishing the retina and related connective tissue. Zinc and copper, in balance, help support a proper acid balance in the body, which in turn helps may help avoid development of new floaters. Chromium may help limit nearsightedness, a risk factor for eye floaters. Chromium also has a role in sugar balance in the body.
L-Carnosine: Recommended for cataracts, L-carnosine (LAC) shows promise in reducing vitreous floaters. (7)
If not enough sunlight, use Vitamin D3, a significant helper that supports vision health. As well as lutein rich supplements and foods. However, if the nutrition and sun exposure are optimized, these supplements are not indispensible
It is not often that floaters are a sign of serious problem, but they are a common reason that people visit an optometrist or ophthamologist for an eye exam. Their symptoms can be associated with retinal tears, cystoid macular edema and asteroid hyalosis. Connections between drugs and this condition exist. In mainstream medicine, there is no clear “cure” for this condition. Each floater lasts a long time and can gradually disappear. It is not often that medical treatments are needed, but there are two main options for severe cases: vitrectomy (replacing the “gel” in the eye, which is a radical and dangerous treatment), and laser vitreolysis (zapping the floaters with a special laser, not yet accepted by most doctors).
From the point of view of Holistic medicine, safety and efficiency, the best is to prevent eye diseases. And if one contracts an eye condition like floaters, it’s important to know that these can disappear, especially with an over-all holistic lifestyle. By strengthening the health of the retina and the vitreous bulb holistically, one reduces the risk of developing new floaters while maximizing the elimination process of former floaters.
Ch Joubert (HMI director)
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