Coping with severe eye floaters
Although physically, severe eye floaters are usually harmless, psychologically they can affect your life via preoccupation, distraction, inability to concentrate and depression. They are sometimes compared to Tinnitus in this respect.
Unfortunately, there is no totally safe or reliable cure for Degenerative Vitreous Syndrome yet and patients are advised to try to cope with floaters using conservative techniques if at all possible. There is no surefire solution to the quality of life issues that many people experience, but there are some things you can do that may help and we have listed some of those below.
Firstly, don’t try to cope alone; try to get support by telling your friends and family and help them to inform themselves about the condition. If you are having trouble persuading people of the seriousness of the condition, you can print out our “The patient experience” page which may help. There are a number of organisations which can help with the practical and emotional impact of eye conditions as well as online communities including our own:
- In the UK, call the RNIB’s helpdesk on 0303 123 9999
- In the US, contact the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
- And for those around the world you may get information for your country from the World Blind Union.
For useful ideas and advice on how blind and partially sighted people can make the most of their remaining vision, visit the RNIB’s See for yourself page.
There is some anecdotal evidence that professional therapy, particularly CBT, and relaxation techniques can help to reduce the impact of eye floaters. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for information.
The following lifestyle tips have been recommended by floater sufferers for floater sufferers. If you would also like to make some suggestions or contributions to this article, please let us know!