They say the eyes are the windows to our soul, but they are also a window on the state of our health.
Simple changes in your eyes can indicate a range of serious health and lifestyle problems and should not be ignored.
Here are some ways our eyes tell us that we have health issues.
If you have blurred vision, it usually means that you need glasses.
Visit an optician as soon as you can to get an eye examination.
Here you will get various tests done to check the eye’s front and back and the condition of the eye’s different structures.
The optician may also perform a vision test to see if you need a prescription to make you see better.
If this is the case, they will explain to you how to read your prescription and help you choose suitable glasses.
Blurred vision can sometimes be a sign of something more serious such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
It can also be a sign of diabetes.
An ophthalmologist will be able to detect diabetes during an eye exam based on irregularities in your retina.
White Ring Around the Iris
If you notice a white ring forming around your iris, this may be an indication that your cholesterol and triglycerides are high, which can mean that you are at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
It is best to see a doctor to be safe, and it may just be a sign of old age.
If your corneas have a yellowish tinge or there are plaques in the blood vessels, this may indicate high cholesterol too.
Jaundice is a condition that occurs when there is too much bilirubin in the blood.
If the liver cannot filter red blood cells properly, this yellow compound builds up and causes the skin and eyes to turn yellow.
Jaundice is common in newborn babies and is adults is usually caused by hepatitis, alcohol-related liver disease, or gallstones.
Dry, itchy, gritty eyes occur when the tear film is disrupted.
The tear film consists of three layers – fatty oils, aqueous fluid, and mucus, and helps to keep your eyes lubricated, smooth and clear.
Hormonal changes, aging, and certain medications can cause dry eyes.
Medical conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disc orders, and a deficiency in vitamin A can also be the culprits.
Floaters are clumps of protein inside the eye that look like little black hairs or dots floating across your visual field.
Seeing objects floating in your vision is a normal part of the aging process.
Still, if you notice an increase in floaters, you need to visit your doctor as this can indicate a retinal tear or detachment caused by the vitreous humor (a jelly-like fluid that makes up the bulk of the eye) shrinking and tugging on the retina.
A retinal tear or detachment will cause you to see big flashes of light, black spots, and/or a shadow coming across your vision.
If this occurs, see your doctor as soon as possible.