What Your Eyes Can Tell About Your Health

Eyes are not just the window to your soul, they also tell a lot about your internal health.  Whether it is changes in vision, blurry vision, or jaundice, any change can point to a certain health issues and seeks a check-up with your doctor.  Here are the top 10 things your eyes tell about your health:

  • Whites of The Eye Turned Yellowish: This condition is known as jaundice, and it appears in either new-borns or adults with problems of the gallbladder or liver.
  • Eyes That Seem to Bulge: Hyperthyroidism is the most common cause of protruding eyes.
  • Sudden Double Vision, Dim Vision, or Loss of Vision: These are the visual warning signs of stroke.
  • Blurred Vision in a Diabetic: Diabetics are at increased risk of various eye problems, out of which retinopathy is the most common.  As a matter of fact, it is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.
  • Disappearing Eyebrows: When the eyebrow starts to disappear, this is a sign of thyroid disease (hypothyroidism).
  • Burning Eyes, Blurry Vision While Using A Computer: Blurry vision is often a result of “computer vision syndrome” (CVS). The eyestrain is caused by focusing on pixels and the lack of contrast on the screen.
  • A Small Blind Spot in Your Vision, With Shimmering Lights or A Wavy Line: A migraine aura may be accompanied by a headache, and is known to produce this disturbed vision.

Unless you are very careful, the modern lifestyle can take its toll and affect your vision. The good news is that there are various actions you can take to support eye health.  It has been scientifically shown that people over the age of 60 may need even more support. You may also need additional support if you smoke, you are diabetic, you are obese, or you spend a lot of time starting at a computer.

To protect your vision, you need to take steps like quitting smoking, avoiding aspartame, avoiding trans fats, getting plenty of omega-3 fats, eating plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetables, especially kale, and normalizing blood sugar levels.

Lutein, found in high concentrations in the macula lutea, and is said to serve two primary roles when it comes to protecting central vision: absorb excess photon energy and quench free radicals before they damage the lipid membranes

It is naturally occurring carotenoid, found in green leafy veggies, and some yellow/ orange fruits and veggies.

Lutein Content of Foods