Did you know that your eyes can say a lot about your health? Recognizing the signs and symptoms of various eye problems can help you seek immediate medical help and prevent major health problems in your body.
Here are things your eyes say about your health that you can notice just by looking into your eyes:
1. Eyebrows disappearing
If you notice a third of your eyebrows falling out, this may indicate thyroid disease which can be either due to hyperthyroidism or an underactive thyroid.
Thyroid hormones are important for hair production. So, if you start noticing thinning eyebrows and uneven eyebrow hair loss, or premature graying, this is a sign of a thyroid problem.
2. The tingling does not go away
The small, raised, often reddish bump along the inner or outer eyelid margin is called a sting. If it lasts for more than three months or keeps recurring in the same area, this indicates that you have a rare cancer called sebaceous adenocarcinoma.
A carcinoid cyst mimics a sting and is also characterized by a loss of eyelashes around the sting.
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3. Burning eyes, blurry vision while using the computer
This is known as computer vision syndrome (CVS). Eyestrain is caused by the lack of contrast on the computer screen, and the extra work involved in focusing on the light pixels. This causes dry eyes as the ability to produce moisturizing tears decreases.
This leads to eye irritation, blurred vision, and discomfort. People who wear glasses or contact lenses or binge watch Netflix are more likely to get CVS if they work long hours with computers, especially older models. Flat LCD screens cause less eye strain.
4. A small blind spot in your vision, with twinkling lights or a wavy line
This problem may or may not be accompanied by a headache, resulting in a migraine aura, also known as an ocular migraine.
You may experience blurred vision when you see the bright dot or line in the center of your field of vision. Although it is painless, it is quite uncomfortable and prevents your focus from working. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious concerns such as a retinal tear.
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5. The whites of the eyes turn yellow
This condition is generally known as jaundice and mainly affects newborns with immature liver function as well as those with bile ducts, gallbladder and liver problems.
The yellowish color develops due to a buildup of bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells that the liver cannot process.
However, if you notice a small yellow spot or bump on the white of the side of your iris, this indicates the effects of ultraviolet rays on your eyes or wearing contact lenses.
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6. Eyes that look puffy
The most common cause of protruding eyes is an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). However, if this is a common problem in your family, it is unlikely to be hyperthyroidism.
You should see a doctor immediately if protruding eyes are accompanied by other symptoms such as blurry vision, weight loss, fatigue, restlessness, and palpitations.
7. Sudden double vision, double vision, or vision loss
These are the visual warning signs of a stroke or brain aneurysm. Problems with the cornea, lens, or a weak or paralyzed eye muscle can prevent the eyes from aligning properly, resulting in double vision or double vision.