Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
My eyes are very light sensitive and there are always little floaters flashing around when I look at a light surface. What causes this and what can I do to heal my eyes?
A: Floaters, as you may call them, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are considered symptoms of blood deficiency. I suggest you consult with your primary physician to determine if you are suffering from anemia. Photophobia, or light sensitivity, may also be a result of anemia and headaches are also with this condition. After you have checked with your primary physician, consult a licensed acupuncturist to determine proper dietary, herbal, and acupuncture treatments that might help. To locate a practitioner in you area you can search www.acupuncture.com.
Additionally, you may try the Traditions of Tao herbal formulas “Blood Builder” and “Eyes” to address the problem of floaters. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.