I always say that our body is amazing. It has a unique way of telling us something isn’t right. Whenever an organ isn’t functioning properly, our body sends us signals to warn us. Now, those signals are not always straightforward. For example, sometimes, if something is broken in your arm, your arm hurts. But sometimes, you might find signs in unconventional places. For example, sometimes your eyes might send you a signal that something isn’t right with your heart. Or something isn’t right with your kidneys.
In the same way you can notice something isn’t right by the color of your urine, you can tell a lot by watching your eyes. It seems that the old saying that “you can tell a lot about a person just looking at his/her eyes” applies for health reasons as well. That being said, here are some warning signs your eyes send you. I strongly recommend that you don’t ignore them.
A persistent stye
A stye is a small and sometimes painful lump that appears on the inside or the outside of your eyelid. They can disappear as quickly as they appear. However, if the stye is persistent, it might be a sign of something serious. Styes are a bacterial infection, and in most cases, they disappear in few days without you even doing anything about it. However, in some rare cases, when the stye has not disappeared after more than 3 months, it’s a sign of a rare cancer. Sebaceous gland carcinoma can even manifest as a stye appearing in the same location over and over again.
Eyebrow hair loss
We all know that hair loss is a sign of iron deficiency, and is usually among the first symptoms. And we know we have to increase our iron consumption. However, while hair loss is common, eyebrow hair loss isn’t common. When you’re losing hair from your eyebrows, it means that you have some sort of thyroid disease. Schedule a visit to your doctor and check your thyroid gland. Chances are, your thyroid isn’t functioning properly.
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We all experience blurry vision from time to time. Especially if you’re a heavy computer user. However, too much computer work isn’t good. If your vision is blurry while looking at a computer screen, it means that you’re suffering from computer vision syndrome. The extra work of focusing on pixels and the lack of contrast results in your eyes being strained.
But don’t worry, there is a way you can improve your vision. One way is to take frequent, five-minute breaks to stare at something other than the computer screen. Or, if you have to stare for long hours at a screen, buy protective glasses to improve the contrast and block harmful rays from reaching your eyes.
A blind spot
Every human has a blind spot or two. Our eyes give the brain an accurate picture of what’s going on around us. In most cases. However, there are limitations. A blind spot is the “place in the visual field that corresponds to the lack of light-detecting photoreceptor cells on the optic disc of the retina where the optic nerve passes through the optic disc.” A lot of fancy words for saying that you can’t see certain angles. And as mentioned, we all have blind spots.
But sometimes, blind spots can have a deeper meaning. For example, blind spots accompanied by shimmering lights or a wavy line are the result of a migraine aura. And then your blind spot is accompanied by a headache. And that might be the reason for your constant and frequent migraines.
Our eyes definitely play tricks on us from time to time, and bulging eyes are one of those signs. When you feel a bulging sensation in your eyes, it means you have thyroid gland issues. In most cases, protruding or bulging eyes are caused by an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism.
Whites turn yellow
This is actually one of the first signs of liver problems. The condition, known as jaundice, manifests as yellowing of the skin or yellowing of the whites of the eyes. This is common in newborns, as their liver isn’t fully developed. However, when yellowing of the whites happens in adults, it’s a sign of a liver, gallbladder, or bile duct problem. So if that happens, check with your doctor and try to reduce toxins in your body to relieve your liver.
Double or dim vision, or even vision loss
We all know that numbness in the arm or leg is one of the first signs of stroke. But your eyes send you signals that you should visit a health care professional as soon as possible. Experiencing sudden dim or double vision, or even loss of vision, means you might experience a stroke soon (or you’ve already survived a mild stroke).
Diabetic blurred vision
People with diabetes have an increased risk for eye problems, mainly due to their insulin levels. A condition called diabetic retinopathy affects the circulatory system of the eye, and, as a result, you have blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.