Floaters are these pesky squiggly lines or dots that hover in your field of vision.
They are very common, and get more prominent as we age.
They are just bits of protein floating around in the vitreous humor, the liquid inside of your eyeball, and though harmless, they can be really annoying !
There isn't really a treatment for them, other than wait and see. Acupuncture can help some. You can try this acupressure sequence at home for some relief.
How to apply pressure
Stimulating the acupressure points for the eyes is a self massage technique you can use at home every single day ! Once you have the right touch, you should be able to apply pressure without causing pain to the pressure point.
You can use the pulp of your thumb or index finger to dig into the indicated acupuncture point, and just breathe to release tension.
Or you can also apply some small circular motions to create a more gentle massage.
Hold each point at least 20 seconds, or 3 breaths.
Acupressure sequence for floaters
1. 20 seconds of palming to open the sequence
warm your palms by rubbing them together vigorously.
place your palms over your closed eyes, without really touching them
feel the warmth of your hand enter your eyeball and nourish it
breathe calmly and naturally
hold for at least 20 seconds, or longer if you feel comfortable
2.Acupressure on UB2
Location: Along the inner-eye area, next to the nose. Most often, it is at the base of your eyebrow.
Palpate the eyebrow and feel for the small hollow dent right above the inner corner of your eye
this point clears heat and wind, benefits the eyes and clears the head
hold for at least 20 seconds
3. Pressure and sliding massage YuYao to TaiYang
Yuyao: in the middle of your eyebrow
TaiYang: in the center of your temple
using your thumb, or with index and middle fingers together, apply pressure in a semi circular motion, following the arch of your eyebrow, from the center to the outside
linger on the temple and press for at least 20 seconds
repeat at least 3 times
4. 1 minute of blinking with your breath
Inhale with your eyes open and relaxed, exhale while closing them and squinting.
And repeat for 1 minute .
Afterwards, close the sequence with 20 more seconds of palming.
also read: 3 eye exercises for computer eye strain
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