Eye Floaters (Seeing Spots)

Background

Sometimes we get little bits of debris floating around in the liquid (called the "vitreous humor") that fills our eyes. This can include blood cells (round) or fungal filaments (which look like a thick thread with small lines along it). Oddly, the lens in our eye then acts like a microscope, allowing us to see them floating around in our eyes.

These are very common, and when they have come on gradually (over months to years) and there are just a few of them, they are normal and not dangerous. When there is a new sudden shower of them in one eye, this can represent a medical emergency (called a "retinal tear") which should be seen immediately. A simple laser technique can fix the tear if done early, where vision may not be recovered if the tear is allowed to progress.

Treatment

Unless the "floaters" are suddenly occurring in 1 eye, and there are suddenly a lot of them, they can generally be ignored.

Therapies & Advice

Check for Candida

Interestingly, the longer thread like floaters (vs. the small round ones) sometimes reflect an overgrowth of yeast (Candida ) in the body, and go away when the yeast is treated for 6 weeks with the prescription Diflucan 200 mg a day (see Candida/Yeast Overgrowth). If you have fatigue, pain, sinus congestion or spastic colon, these thread-like floaters may reflect yeast overgrowth, and treating the yeast can help you feel better in general! 

Contributor: 

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application “Cures A-Z,” which was ranked in the top 10 of all health/wellness downloads on iTunes. Dr. Teitelbaum is the author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery Penguin), which has sold over half a million copies; Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill); Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press); the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! series (Fair Winds Press);  Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press); The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution (Penguin/Avery); and his latest, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction (Fair Winds Press, 2015).