Eye Floaters - Overlooked Causes and a Cure That Worked for Me
|I've notice that I see more floaters if I drink even a half a cup of coffee or more. I don't know if this is because the coffee tightens up my muscles, because coffee tends to deplete magnesium levels or there is some other reason. However, I have tracked my floaters on a number of occasions after drinking coffee and each time they have increased.|
Since this site has been up I've had at least several emails from people who developed floaters after taking up weightlifting. One weightlifter also reported symptoms of a connective tissue disorder, including scoliosis. He said that when he eased up on the weight lifting, his floaters decreased. In his case he saw the floaters on the side where his shoulder was lower due to scoliosis.
Update April 18th, 2005: Yesterday I made a lot of progress getting the persistent knotted muscles relaxed in my left shoulder. I spent some time resting face down on my pillow with my face turned to the right, which stretched out the muscles in my neck and shoulder on the left side. I had avoided doing this in the past because it was uncomfortable because the muscles were so tight I had a hard time turning my face to the right. I also spent quite a bit of time on general yoga stretches to relieve tension in my shoulders and under arms and I was not on the computer at all.
Today when I woke up was the first time in a long time that I didn't see any floaters when I looked at the white ceiling in my bedroom. However, they started coming back again, very faintly, when I spent a lot of time on the computer in the morning. So I do suspect that at least in my case the floaters are caused by tight neck and shoulder muscles, since they went away when the muscles were lengthened and relaxed and came back after doing PC work.
Since this page has been up, one of my web site readers wrote to me who said he developed both floaters and scoliosis after receiving chiropractic treatment. He reported that his floaters disappeared when his spinal curvature was successfully corrected. Interestingly, a number of other people have emailed that they first started seeing floaters after having a back, neck, or repetitive strain injury in their upper body.
||Many of my readers report seeing floaters after taking up weight lifting.|
Most doctor web sites claim that seeing a few floaters from time to time is normal and is not a matter for concern. However, I suspect that doctors are confusing what is common with what is desirable. It is normal for many people in the U.S. to be overweight, however that does not mean being overweight is either normal or desirable. I suspect the same is true for floaters - they may be a common condition, but probably not a sign of ideal health.
While I don't know the exact cause of floaters, I do suspect based on my experience and that of the readers who emailed me about their floaters that muscular tension putting pressure on the veins, nerves (perhaps the optic nerve) and/or arteries that connect to the eye may play a causative role in at least some cases of floaters.
* I also have
problems with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) on my left side. (Click here
for a good description
and diagram of TOS.) I also have problems with my left shoulder joint
The following email is from one of my web site readers recounting his experiences with weightlifting, stretching and eye floaters.
I just wanted to send you a quick email regarding your "overlooked cause and treatment for eye floaters" page. Basically I got a huge onset of floaters about 7 months ago after doing heavy weight lifting, and then at the same time the muscle in the middle of my back completely knotted up to the point that I could not move. Since then, the floaters gradually got worse until 3 days ago when I decided I would try stretching my back and shoulders again. I hadn't done this too much since the floaters came.
For the last three days my floaters have been about 50 percent better (lighter), much easier to ignore, and I am sleeping better than I have in a long long time. I basically just do normal stretches to open up my back muscles, especially on the left side. At the same time, I just move my arm/shoulders around in a circular motion while doing those stretches. I haven't felt this good in a long time. After doing this randomly, I found your site which made me even more excited because it means I am not the only one and I may actually be able to sustain this. I have recently just began weight training again but not nearly as heavy as before. More just so that I am using all of my muscles. Anyways, just wanted to give you some positive feedback and hopefully more people can begin to feel better through this method!"
Reprinted with permission.
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