13 things your eyes say about your health

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Looking eye to eye during a conversation can demonstrate or not the sincerity, but definitely eye can reveal information about liver disease, cholesterol or diabetes.

The experts consider that the eye is a unique window to health. This is the only place where doctors can look at the body without using surgery and see, arteries and even the optic nerve.

In this way can be detected early through regular eye exams: glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Unfortunately, many people are busy and do not have time to constantly visit the ophthalmologist.

Thanks to the eyes, other conditions such as diabetes or hypertension can be found. Here, below are some situations that may indicate eye problems.


1. Overview
2. Eyebrows disappearing
3. A chalazion – pitcher – that will not heal
4. Yellow prominent located on the lid
5. Blurred vision and red eyes during computer use
6. The emergence of scaling in the eye
7. A small spot in the visual field, with bright lights or wavy lines
8. Redness and itchy eyes
9. Whites of the eyes are yellow
10. A swelling or brown spot on eyelid
11. Double vision, vision decrease or loss
12. Dry eye sensitive to light
13. Blurred vision in diabetes

Eyebrows disappearing

What it means: in some circles, shaving eyebrows is a fashion, but when the eyebrows part located toward ears begin to simply fall is a common sign of thyroid disease: hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

The thyroid is a small but important gland that helps regulate metabolism and thyroid hormones have an important role in hair production.

More clues: eyebrows tend to thin with age, naturally, but if there is thyroid disease an even distribution of eyebrow hairs that disappear as they fall only at the end of the brow from ear.

Also, there is a loss of hair in other body parts too, but since eyebrows are prominent and easier to see, first observed is the changing of their appearance. Bleaching is another early sign of thyroid problems. Women are more commonly affected than men and hyperthyroidism occurs mainly in women aged 20-30 years.

What to do: Mention this symptom to your dermatologist. Most manifestations of hyper and hypothyroidism are general and notorious. Before consulting the doctor, try to keep in mind the other changes: weight, energy level, regularity of menstrual cycle, bowel movements, mood swings and skin appearance.

A chalazion – pitcher – that will not heal

What it means: If most of the time, have a reddish, small bump along the upper or lower eyelid margin is a pitcher (chalazion) ugly but harmless.

If it not go away even after three months or the recurrence remains the same location, maybe it is a rare cancer (sebaceous gland carcinoma).

The chalazion is connected to sebaceous glands, the hair gene. Quite common, it disappears after a month. A cancerous cyst that resembles the chalazion, however, will not cure or will return the same place. Another sign of eyelid cancer is loss of some of the genes around the pot.

What to do: Consult an ophthalmologist. Biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Pitcher is usually surgically removed.

Yellow prominent located on the lid

What it means: Eyelid xantelasma is the medical name for small and yellow bumps that are a warning sign that you may have high cholesterol. Sometimes people confuse these prominent with the chalazion, but xantelasma bumps are smaller than the pitcher.

What to do: Refer to an ophthalmologist or dermatologist. Diagnosis can be made, usually by observation. Your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes and see any deposits.

This is how high cholesterol can be diagnosed during a routine eye examination. The problem is not generally serious and does not involve pain or other vision problems. The doctor will look for other signs of coronary artery disease.

Blurred vision and red eyes during computer use

What it means: It may be workaholic syndrome and eye fatigue due to long hours at the computer.

Moreover, in middle age, the eyes lose their ability to produce lubricating tears. Thus, the blurring vision and eye irritation discomfort will be added. The problem is worse in the afternoon, when the eyes are tired and tend to become dry.

You must concentrate more and the fatigue gets worse when you read smaller letters. People who wear glasses or contact lenses will be more disturbed by this syndrome. Sometimes the problem may be exacerbated by a fan or air conditioning will blow in the direction of the eye.

What to do: Try to reduce glare by using drapes, investing in a computer screen or glasses glare protection.

Simply adjust the display contrast can be helpful. The white areas should not shine intensely, as a light source, but their color should not be any gray. LCD flat screens (such as those of laptops) reduce eyestrain compared to older models. The monitor should be positioned at eye level.

The emergence of scaling in the eye

What it means: Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids, especially their edges, which can have several causes. Two of them are conditions associated with other parts of the body, scalp dandruff and acne rosacea.

If the scales reach inside of the eye, these will be irritated, while burning sensation, tearing or dryness may occur. The remains of crusts will gather over genes in inner parts of the eye or eyelids.

What to do: With clean hands, apply a warm, wet towel over both eyes for 5 minutes. This can be cleaned and skin scales will be relieved. Consult your doctor to prescribe oral antibiotics or as an ointment – artificial tears.

A small spot in the visual field, with bright lights or wavy lines

What it means: An ophthalmic migraine can cause vision problems, accompanied or not by headache. It is considered that changes in brain blood flow may be the cause. Changing vision will start in the center of field.

It may appear as a bright spot, more points or lines that seem to move and disrupt the ability to see properly, as you see through a window. There is pain and there are no lasting damages.

Triggers can be different from person to person: chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, stress. Then come a headache severe enough to cause nausea.

What to do: If you’re driving the car, pull over until the phenomenon disappears (usually within an hour). Consult your ophthalmologist if vision is affected more than an hour to rule out other serious problems such as retinal tear or if you experience other symptoms, in other parts of the body, which could indicate a stroke or a seizure.

Redness and itchy eyes

What it means: irritated eyes can be various reasons, but when is itching, sneezing, coughing, sinus congestion and runny nose, most likely to suffer of an allergy.

Allergens such as dust wires, animal dander, pollen, are present, usually air. An allergy may be due to cosmetics or ointments. Some people are allergic to preservatives used in eye drops to treat dry eye.

What to do: Treatment involves mainly stay away from triggers. Antihistamines can treat itching, eye drops or gels can improve ocular manifestations fast enough.

If the doctor discovers that there is an allergy to a substance in eye drops, buy a brand that does not contain preservatives.

Whites of the eyes are yellow

What it means: Two categories of people may experience this symptom known as jaundice babies whose liver function is not sufficiently developed and adults who have liver or gallbladder problems, including hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Yellowing of the white part of the eye (sclera) is caused by a buildup of bilirubin, produced by red blood cells to which the liver can’t process. Other tissues of the body may have the same look, but is only visible eye sclera.

Skin may have a yellowish hue when a person consumes too much beta carotene found in carrots, but in this case, keeps white sclera.

What to do: Mention this symptom to a doctor if the patient already treated for liver disease.

A swelling or brown spot on eyelid

What it means: Even people who carefully check their skin, may overlook the eyelid examination, and this is an area that may be affected by skin cancer. Most malignant tumors of the eyelids are carcinomas with basal cells.

When such a tumor appears as a brown spot, there are higher probabilities to be malignant melanoma. Elderly and people with white skin have the highest risk of developing skin cancer. Consider especially the lower eyelid.

Swelling may be pearly, crossed by small blood vessels. If that is in the eyelashes, some eyelashes may be missing.

What to do: Go to consult the dermatologist to check any suspicious skin sores or spots. Their early detection is very important.

Double vision, vision decrease or loss

What it means: These are visual warnings for a future stroke. Other signs include sudden numbness or weakness of an arm, leg or face, usually only on one side, problems walking due to dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, slurred speech, headache and malaise.

If a major stroke’s case, symptoms occur all at once. When present a minor stroke caused by narrowed arteries, some symptoms can persist for several minutes or an hour.

What to do: Seek immediate medical assistance.

Dry eye sensitive to light

What it means: Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune system disorder that affects the salivary glands and eye. This condition usually occurs in women aged over 40 years with autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Usually the damage is present at the eyes and mouth level in the same time. The person may show vaginal dryness and dry skin. Lack of saliva, chewing and talking becomes difficult.

What to do: doctor can diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome by analysis. Artificial lubricants are needed to protect eyes and to facilitate eating. Drinking large amounts of water may help.

Blurred vision in diabetes

What it means: Diabetics have an increased risk to manifest eye diseases, including glaucoma and cataracts, especially diabetic retinopathy.

Changes related to these diseases occur in people whose diabetes is present for a long time, not to those recently diagnosed. Person can see shapes floating spots in the visual field. Diabetes causes small hemorrhages are visible to the eye.

What to do: There will be constant eye checks to detect retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma in early stages.



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