Eyes aren’t just the window to your soul — they also offer a glimpse into your health. Changes in your eyes can signal vision problems, diabetes, stress, even retinal detachment. What’s more, most of these you can actually see for yourself — assuming you know what to look for.
Here are eight eye conditions, and what they mean in terms of your health.
1. Blurry Vision
If you’re a frequent computer user, you may experience burning eyes or blurry vision. If your vision becomes blurry while you’re staring at a computer screen, it’s the result of computer vision syndrome. Your eyes become strained due to the lack of contrast on the computer screen, combined with the extra work of focusing on pixels.
2. Bulging Eyes
Your eyes can definitely play tricks on you. But if you feel a bulging sensation in your eyes, it could be related to your thyroid. The most common cause of protruding eyes is an overactive thyroid gland, known as hyperthyroidism.
3. Double Vision, Dim Vision Or Vision Loss
If you experience sudden double vision, dim vision or loss of vision, see a health care professional immediately. These can all be warning signs of a stroke.
4. Blurred Vision In A Diabetic
People with diabetes are at an increased risk for several different eye problems. The most common is diabetic retinopathy. This condition affects the circulatory system of the eye. It’s the leading cause of blindness in American adults.
5. Blind spots.
Noticing a blind spot in your vision can be pretty alarming. It may often suggest an oncoming migraine, especially if accompanied with sparkling dots or wavy lines. Speak to your doctor to find out what’s triggering the problem.
6. Eyebrow loss.
Age, stress, or nutrient deficiencies can all contribute to eyebrow loss. Alopecia areata, or spot baldness, can be another reason, although it affects only 0.1% of the population.
7. Permanent sty.
A sty is a painful red lump on the eyelid that is often painful and irritating. They appear due to block sebaceous glands, and usually disappear away within a few days.
If a sty remains for a long time, it can be a symptom of sebaceous gland carcinoma. If you have recurring sty in the same place, or one that doesn’t appear to be healing, see your doctor.