13 Things Your Eyes Reveal About Your Health (If You Know Where To Look)
We all know that eyes are mirror of the soul, but what we don’t know is that they are also a window into our overall health. Therefore, we should pay special attention to the signs that our eyes are sending to us, since that can reveal a lot about our current health condition.
Here is a list of the most common ones:
1. Droopy eyelids
This sign may indicate that there is an autoimmune process going on in your body. Droopy eyelids are common in patients diagnosed with myastenia gravis, an autoimmune disease characterized by generalized and severe muscle weakness.
2. Disappearing eyebrows
If you notice that some parts of your eyebrows are disappearing, it may imply that you have underactive thyroid gland, a condition known as hypothyroidism.
3. Pink eye
This is a typical symptom of acute conjunctivitis, especially if your itchy and red eye produces yellow or white disharge.
4. Eye twitch
It is also known as myokymia. There is no specific cause for its development, but it is linked to high caffeine intake, stress and poor quality sleep.
5. Blurry vision or burning eyes
Your vision may be blurred if you spend too much time staring at your computer. This sign is also called “computer vision syndrome”.
6. Recurring stye
Having stye on the very same place, which remains there for months or it’s recurring, is a sign of a rare sebaceous gland cancer.
7. Small blind spots in your vision
Disturbed vision is usually produced by migraine aura but it is not always accompanied by headaches.
8. Grey ring around your cornea
This condition is known as acrus senilis or corneal arcus. It is associated with high levels of triglycerides which on the other hand, increase the risk of stroke and heart failure.
9. Yellowish whites
This is also known as jaundice. It affects patients who have gallbladder, bile or liver diseases.
10. Dry eyes
If your eyes are dry too often, it may point to some hormone imbalances or even arthritis.
11. Different size of the pupils
If you have this symptom along with droopy eyelids it may point to a life threatening condition, known as Horner syndrome which is linked to tumors and aneurysms on the neck.
12. Protruding eyes
This is usually triggered by hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland).
13. Blurred vision
The most common eye issue among diabetics is blurred vision caused by retinopathy. Diabetics are more prone to various eye problems. Retinopathy is the major reason for blindness in America.
Unfortunately, many people take their eyesight for granted until its function starts to fail. Most of them are convinced that poor vision and eye problems are part of the aging process. Actually, the truth is different. The modern lifestyle, such as high exposure to numerous chemicals and increased use of computers contribute to the development of eye ailments.
Therefore, you should take good care of your eyes by supporting their function with nutritional supplements and healthy lifestyle.
This is especially important for people over 60 as well as for those who struggle with obesity, people who smoke and those who spend a great deal of time in front of their computers.
There is a technique known as iridology which has been developed by some practitioners and it emphasizes the correlation between the eyes and the overall body health. It is based on careful examination of the iris, in terms of color and patterns which can give an insight into the systemic health.
Iridologists match the signs they have detected with Iris charts which help them to determine what kind of pathological processes are going on in the body.
However, this technique is not recognized by the conventional medicine yet and it can’t be used for diagnosing. It serves only as an indicator of possible ailments so that they can be treated on time.
If you want to try this technique, make sure the iridology practitioner is certified or licensed.
How to improve your vision
First of all, you should make certain changes both in your daily diet and lifestyle in general. For example:
– Quit smoking, since it gives rise to the free radicals in your body, thus affecting every single organ, including your eyes as well.
– Enhance the function of the cardiovascular system. If you suffer from hypertension, the blood flow in your retina is probably obstructed. Avoid foods that give a boost to the blood pressure.
– Regulate the blood sugar levels, since high sugar in the blood may damage the blood vessels in your retina.
Moreover, as we have mentioned earlier in the article, diabetics are at higher risk of developing eye or vision problems.
– Increase the intake of kale and other green leafy vegetables. They are abundant in antioxidants, such as lutein, astanxanthin and zeaxanthin.
Lutein is part of the retina and the macular pigment. It protects the central vision.
Astanxanthin, on the other hand, prevents blindness, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
– Avoid the consumption of trans fats and supply your body with Omega-3 fatty acids.
Take into consideration that nowadays the environment is more harmful rather than it was in the past. Accordingly, our bodies are more prone to various diseases, including those of the eyes. This is due to the high exposure to chemicals and contaminants.
Along with aging, these factors trigger macular degeneration, thus causing numerous eye problems. Healthy lifestyle and good care of this precious organ is of utmost importance for our well being.