Floaters is the term given to various types of deposits that can in the vitreous humour. The technical name for seeing floaters is “myodesopsia”. Floaters can be of various sizes and shapes. They can appear as shadow like shapes. These can appear on their own or with several others. They can also appear as threads, cobweb like fragments, shapes that look like cells – either singular or in groups. There is a particular type of floater which is called Muscae volitantes (from the Latin, meaning ‘flying flies’) which are small spots as indicated by the name. These shapes do exist within the eye itself, they are not illusions. If you have floaters you will notice that they move when you move your eyes. They tend to drift slowly, and it is difficult to try and focus on them as they are, as mentioned, within the eye itself. When first seeing floaters they can become quite annoying if you try to focus on them. It is natural to try to look at them to understand them further, but they will follow the motion of the eye, at much annoyance. The best thing to do is relax and just acknowledge that they are there.
It is thought that floaters originate in the embryo. It is also thought that they come about because of some sort of degenerative changes within the vitreous humour or on the retina itself. Floaters are quite common and do not cause any serious problems.
By using palming you can begin to relieve the strain and stress from your mind and the eyes. Most people find it is easiest to relax the eyes when they are closed. To do palming you have to warm your hands by rubbing them together vigorously. Once they are warm, cover the closed eyes, without touching the eyelids or applying pressure on the eyes themselves. The warmth from your hands relaxes the nerves and helps in blood circulation around the eyes.
The aim of palming is to achieve a complete relaxation of the eye. If you do not see complete blackness when palming, then there is still stress somewhere on the eye. You may see colors, shapes, flashes. When there is no light passing through to the eye there should be blackness. Anything else is stress being placed on the optic nerve, giving the illusion of light. It is difficult to see complete blackness unless the eye is perfectly relaxed, so this technique could take quite a while to master.
Palming can bring a great amount of rest and relaxation. Because of this the circulation opens up in the visual system. This is the palming technique:
- sit comfortably in a chair, make sure you have good posture
- rest your elbows on a cushion or other type of support. You can use a table or desk – but make sure you are not leaning over or turning your head upwards
- rub your hands together to generate warmth
- slightly cupping your hands, place your left hand over your left eye. The base of the hand rests on your cheekbone. The hand is slightly angled, so that they point to a 2 O’clock position
- now place the right hand over the right eye. Again the base of the hand on the right cheekbone, the fingers angled and resting on the fingers of the left hand
- breathe in deeply, slow and relaxedly
This is an exercise borrowed from the Chinese and its purpose is to promote better eyesight. It relieves stress in the eye and the area surrounding the eyes. As it is based on Chinese acupressure it releases energy flows, or “Qi” or “Chi” energy.
You can combine all of these eye acupressure areas in one routine, or pick and choose certain points.
Massage these points seven times in one circular direction, then seven times in the opposite direction. You can use your thumbs or your index finger to do this.
Circular motions on these acupressure points:
- Side of nose, next to the corner of the eye
- Under the eyebrow, the left and right of the top of the nose
- Start of the eyebrow, where the bone behind the eyebrow turns into the bridge of your nose
- Corner of the eye, one the bone in the corner of the eye
- Above the cheekbone
- Under the eye, on the bone just below your eye, in line with your pupil if you look straight ahead
- Side of nose, under pupil. Helps relieve pressure in the sinuses