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What Our Eyes Are Saying

Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine.


You may see changes in your eyes as you get older, but some of these changes can indicate other health issues you may not have noticed otherwise.

As much as our eyes are the windows to our souls, they also reflect our overall health. Our eyes serve as an early warning system that alerts us to any changes that need medical attention right away.

You may see changes in your eyes as you get older, but some of these changes can indicate other health issues you may not have noticed otherwise. Here, we'll look at eight medical problems whose symptoms appear in the eyes.

Eyelid Twitching

A common cause of eyelid twitching is ocular myokymia. It is usually harmless and can sometimes be triggered by tiredness, caffeine or alcohol, or even stress. In rare cases, they may indicate problems with the nervous system such as Parkinson's disease, brain damage from inflammation or stroke, reactions to specific mental health medications, Meige syndrome, multiple sclerosis, hemifacial spasm, and bell palsy.

Yellow Eyes

Having jaundice means having liver problems that cause high bilirubin levels made by your liver because it can't be filtered out fast enough. If you have jaundice, the whites of your eyes, known as the sclera, become yellow. Several factors can cause liver damage, including bad diets, cancer, infections, and chronic alcohol abuse.

Blurred Vision

There are several ways diabetes can cause blurry vision; sometimes, it's just a minor problem that can be managed by stabilizing your blood sugar or taking eye drops. At other times, it's something more serious that should be discussed with your doctor.

Diabetic retinopathy causes the tiny blood vessels in the retina to leak blood and other fluids into the vitreous. Ophthalmologists can usually seal the leaks with lasers and get rid of unwanted blood vessels. Those who have blurred vision at night and have trouble seeing are also symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.

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Bulging Eyes

Several thyroid disorders can result in bulging eyes, including Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism. Grave's disease causes the thyroid gland to produce many hormones, which leads to bulging eyes. Additionally, diarrhea, weight loss, and hand tremors may occur. You can control the number of hormones your thyroid makes by taking medication or undergoing surgery.

Night Blindness

The inability to see clearly at night or in poor lightings, such as in a movie theatre or restaurant, results from night blindness. The prevalence of night blindness in young people in the U.S. is not very high. If you have difficulty seeing in dim light, perhaps you may need glasses, or you could have cataracts. Cataracts result from the clouding of the eye's lens, which is a natural part of aging. In other cases, night blindness in younger people may result from vitamin A deficiency.

Sudden Blurry Vission

People suffering from sudden blurry vision may have difficulty seeing clearly or performing their usual activities. A sudden and dramatic loss of vision may not always cause concern, but it might be a sign that the blood circulation from your eye or brain could be compromised. If you experience other symptoms associated with your blurred vision, seek medical attention immediately to prevent severe damage.

Drooping Eyelids

Drooping eyelids may indicate a medical problem, primarily if they affect both eyelids. An underlying health condition such as myasthenia gravis can weaken your muscles by causing your immune system to attack them. Myasthenia gravis can affect the muscles on your eyes, face, mouth, and throat, making it difficult to chew, swallow, or even speak.

Ring Around Cornea

If you notice a ring around your cornea, you could have a corneal arcus. This condition is usually associated with aging and is characterized by fat deposits on your iris's top or bottom side within the cornea. Eventually, the arc can encircle the entire iris resulting in white, gray, blue, or yellowish outlines. If this condition happens to you under the age of 40, it may signify a high cholesterol level.

Visiting your ophthalmologist or optometrist for a regular checkup can help you protect your vision and help you determine whether or not you have any medical conditions or severe diseases. Even though eye symptoms rarely lead to an accurate diagnosis of an infection, illness, or other severe medical conditions, they can make it easier to obtain immediate medical treatment before any serious damage is done to the body.

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