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14 Things Your Eyes Can Tell You About Your Health — If You Know What to Look For

Hav­ing prob­lems with your health? We’ve put togeth­er a list of 14 things that your eyes can tell you about your health. You just have to know what to look out for.

Stubborn sty

If you have a sty that doesn’t go away, it might indi­cate that you have a rare type of can­cer known as seba­ceous gland car­ci­no­ma, espe­cial­ly if the sty is still present after 3 months or if it keeps pop­ping up in the same area.

Burning eyes and blurry sensation while in front of a computer

These symp­toms usu­al­ly indi­cate com­put­er vision syn­drome. Hence, eye­strain devel­ops due to lack of con­trast on a com­put­er screen as well as the extra work involved in focus­ing on pix­els.

A small blind spot in your vision with shimmering lights or a wavy line

This is a usu­al symp­tom of migraines and it may or may not be accom­pa­nied by a headache.

Yellowish whites of the eye

In most cas­es, this is a clear symp­tom of jaun­dice. This con­di­tion occurs in new­borns with imma­ture liv­er func­tion or in adults who have liv­er, gall­blad­der, or bile duct prob­lems.

Bulgy eyes

Pro­trud­ing eyes are a com­mon symp­tom of hyper­thy­roidism.

Sudden double or dim vision or loss of vision

These symp­toms could indi­cate stroke.

Blurry vision in diabetics

Dia­bet­ic retinopa­thy is a fre­quent side effect of dia­betes. This is a con­di­tion in which dia­betes impacts the cir­cu­la­to­ry sys­tem of the eyes. More­over, this is the lead­ing cause of blind­ness in Amer­i­can adults. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, approx­i­mate­ly 1 in 4 Amer­i­cans are pre-dia­bet­ic or dia­bet­ic.

Is poor vision inevitable as we age?

Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, it is not. Nonethe­less, our mod­ern way of life con­tributes to poor­er vision. What’s more, accord­ing to sev­er­al stud­ies, peo­ple over the age of 60, apart from glass­es, need high-qual­i­ty sup­ple­ments for sup­port of their vision.

You might need addi­tion­al sup­port if you are a smok­er, if you are obese, if you are a dia­bet­ic, or if you spend a lot of time in front of a com­put­er.

Accord­ing to iri­dol­o­gy, the eyes can reveal a lot about one’s sys­tem­at­ic health. Iri­dol­o­gy or iri­do­di­ag­no­sis is an alter­na­tive med­i­cine tech­nique which stud­ies the iris of the eyes.

Peo­ple who prac­tice this tech­nique say that spe­cif­ic char­ac­ter­is­tics, like col­or and pat­tern, can dis­cov­er impor­tant infor­ma­tion about the over­all health of an indi­vid­ual.

Follow these couple of advice and protect your vision

Quit smoking

Smok­ing increas­es the pro­duc­tion of free rad­i­cals in the body which can have an adverse effect on your vision’s qual­i­ty.

Take care of your cardiovascular system

High blood pres­sure can cause dam­age to the minus­cule blood ves­sels on the reti­na. Avoid fruc­tose to main­tain your blood pres­sure lev­els nor­mal.

Accord­ing to a research con­duct­ed by Dr. Richard John­son, chief of the divi­sion of kid­ney dis­ease and hyper­ten­sion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Col­orado, con­sump­tion of 74 grams or more fruc­tose dai­ly can increase the blood pres­sure by stag­ger­ing 77%.

Normalize your blood sugar levels

High blood sug­ar lev­els can pre­vent the prop­er blood flow in the reti­na and dam­age the blood ves­sels in it.

Eat a lot of leafy greens, especially kale

Accord­ing to stud­ies, reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of green leafy veg­gies can bet­ter the eyes health. This is because these veg­eta­bles con­tain lutein and zeax­an­thin which have the pow­er to improve the vision.

Omega 3 fatty acids

Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in a 2001 issue of Archives of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy, omega-3 fat­ty acids can guard your vision. Nonethe­less, fish is no longer the best source of omega-3 fat­ty acids as the pol­lu­tion on fish farms is high. Instead, choose krill oil which is very ben­e­fi­cial and it con­tains astax­an­thin.

No trans fats

Mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion is often caused by these fats which are usu­al­ly present in processed foods and baked goods, fried foods, fried chick­en, mar­garine, cook­ies, pas­tries, crack­ers, etc.

Avoid aspartame

An acute symp­tom of aspar­tame poi­son­ing is eye­sight prob­lems.

The power of antioxidants

Antiox­i­dants play an enor­mous role in the pro­tec­tion of the body from the dam­age that free rad­i­cals can cre­ate. Lutein, Zeax­an­thin, black cur­rant antho­cyanins, and astax­an­thin have proven to be very use­ful.

Lutein protects the central vision

Lutein and Zeax­an­thin are found in the mac­u­la lutea and their func­tion is to absorb sur­plus pho­ton ener­gy and to destroy free rad­i­cals before they cause dam­age to the lipid mem­branes.

Lutein is a nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring carotenoid present in green leafy veg­gies and in yel­low-orange fruits.


Accord­ing to newest stud­ies, this carotenoid is one of the most ben­e­fi­cial ones for the health of the eyes and pre­ven­tion of blind­ness. It can pro­tect from numer­ous vision-relat­ed issues like cataracts, age-relat­ed mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion, glau­co­ma, dia­bet­ic retinopa­thy, reti­nal arte­r­i­al occlu­sion, cys­toids mac­u­lar ede­ma, inflam­ma­to­ry eye dis­eases, etc.


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About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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