Eye signs that trigger health problems

October 21, 2015

Our eyes are two most important organs in our bodies. Not only do they give us vision, but they can be good indicators that something is wrong in our organisms. That is why it is of great importance to have regular eye check-ups because they can tell a lot about your health. Also, by just looking at them your doctor knows exactly what is your diagnose.

Sign number 1: Inflammation

Signs of eye inflammation could mean that you suffer from an autoimmune disease. The inner part of the eye, uvea, is a common target of this disease but makes our eyes look normal on the outside. In most of the cases, eye inflammation means that you suffer from lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or some other autoimmune disease.

Sign number 2: Thickened eyelid

Deformation and thickening of eyelids is a rare condition, but it can indicate a sign of neurofibromatosis. That is a hereditary disorder manifested with growth of tumors around nerve fibers.

Sign number 3: Abnormalities on pupils

Pupils are in most of the cases symmetrical, they have the same reactions when exposed to light and are of the same size. If there are any abnormalities in their form or reactions, it could indicate some health problems. Diseases included are stroke, optic nerve and brain tumors, syphilis, multiple sclerosis and brain aneurysm.

Sign number 4: Yellow eyes

Yellow eyes can indicate some liver problems like hepatitis and cirrhosis. Your eyes turn yellow because of the accumulation of bilirubin, which is created by breaking up of hemoglobin.

Sign number 5: Eyesight problems

If you have troubles while reading or you cannot properly distinguish faces it is a sign of age-related macular degeneration. This condition is caused by the growth of blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to progressive loss of central vision. Also, people with light-colored eyes are more prone to this disease when they pass 50 years of age.

Sign number 6: Swollen blood vessels on the white part

Swollen blood vessels usually indicate allergies. Our eyes are sensitive to pollen, dust and animal hair so our organism came up with a defensive mechanism. This means that our eyes secret anti-inflammatory histamines which cause our eyes to water, to itch and to turn red.

Sign number 7: Bulging eyes

Even though big eyes could just be a family trait, bulging eyes can also be a sign of thyroid disease. What makes our eyes bulge are abnormal level of thyroid hormone which make the tissue around our eyes swell.

Sign number 8: Defects on retina

Retinal blood vessels and nerves can be damaged by diabetes and high blood pressure. These retinal damages can cause blindness and can be manifested in several ways (yellowish fluid leaking, puffy whitish patches, and tiny hemorrhages). However, white patches can also be a sign of AIDS.

Sign number 9: Copper and silver-colored arteries

The color of your eye arteries can give away how high your blood pressure is. If your arteries appear silver or copper in color it means that you have hypertension. If not treated with proper medication, this could lead to severe cardio disease like a heart attack.

Sign number 10: Cloudy or large eye

This condition is present with infants or young children. If one eye is larger than the other it may indicate late signs of congenital glaucoma. A congenital cataract, intraocular tumor or a parasitic infection can be manifested by the white reflex of a pupil.

Sign number 11: Crossed eye

This is another condition that is present with children. It has to be identified as soon as possible and it is usually correctable. However, this condition may indicate an intraocular tumor or neurologic disorder.


Eye color can tell a lot

Every color of our eyes can predetermine some of our characteristics and even tell us a lot about our future health. People with dark eyes are more prone to developing cataracts in their later life than people with light-colored eyes. However, people with blue eyes have a greater chance in suffering from vitiligo, an autoimmune disease manifested with blotches on the skin, and are more prone to suffering from melanoma.

Regarding the pain tolerance, women with lighter eyes are better at tolerating pain than women with dark eyes. And as far as our drinking habits are concerned, people with dark eyes can be more sensitive to alcohol, but people with lighter eyes are more prone to alcoholism.

Finally, if you notice anything wrong and unusual with your eyes, you should see a doctor and now you know particularly which one. Additionally, it is very important to have regular eye exams so you could prevent any disease. And pay attention to peoples’ eye color, you can learn a lot about them on a first glance and make the right decision.

2 responses to “Eye signs that trigger health problems”

  1. Oscar says:

    This was an eye opener (pun intended). 🙂 But seriously, I’ve never been aware of the correlation between eye color and health. I better look into that, it might prove to be useful.


  2. Tracey says:

    I didn’t know that about the eye color! That’s awesome!

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