A unique window into health are your eyes. A list of 14 things your eyes can tell you about your entire body has assembled Yahoo Health. Here are some of them:
This is a common sign of thyroid disease when the outer third of your eyebrow starts to disappear on its own.A STYE THAT WON’T GO AWAY
It could be a rare cancer called sebaceous gland carcinoma if it doesn’t clear up in three months, or keeps recurring in the same location.
BURNING EYES, BLURRY VISION WHILE USING A COMPUTER
This is the result of “computer vision syndrome” (CVS). By the lack of contrast on a computer screen, and the extra work involved in focusing on pixels is partly caused the eyestrain .
A SMALL BLIND SPOT IN YOUR VISION, WITH SHIMMERING LIGHTS OR A WAVY LINE
A migraine aura produces this disturbed vision. It may or may not be accompanied by a headache.
WHITES OF THE EYE TURNED YELLOWISH
This is known as jaundice. It appears in either newborns with immature liver function, or adults with problems of theliver, gallbladder, or bile ducts.
EYES THAT SEEM TO BULGE
Hyperthyroidism, which is overactivity of the thyroid gland is the most common cause of protruding eyes.
SUDDEN DOUBLE VISION, DIM VISION, OR LOSS OF VISION
These are the visual warning signs of stroke.
BLURRED VISION IN A DIABETIC
For several eye problems diabetics are at increased risk, but the most common is diabetic retinopathy, in whichdiabetes affects the circulatory system of the eye. In American adults it’s the leading cause of blindness.
One of your most precious senses is your eyesight but until it starts to fail it’s easy to take the gift of sight for granted. Unfortunately, a side effect of diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in American adults. When you consider that today, nearly 1 in 4 Americans are either pre-diabetic or diabetic this is disconcerting.
To an increase in vision problems due to eye strain also led the increased use of computers and video display terminals (VDTs) at home and work has.
IS POOR VISION INEVITABLE AS YOU AGE?
No, it’s not.
But if you’re not careful our modern lifestyles can contribute to poor vision. Fortunately, to support your eye health there are many actions you can take. Studies show people over age 60 may need even more support in the form of well-chosen nutritional supplements. You may also need additional vision support if:
- You smoke
- You’re diabetic
- You spend a lot of time staring at a computer
Below, including nutritional support I’ll review a number of protective strategies, but first, can your eyes really tell you something about your overall state of health?
Iridology—Your Eyes as the Mirrors of Your Health?
By hinting at potential underlying health problems The Yahoo Health article above brings up several interesting correlations between your eyes and your overall health. Yet another technique in that same vein, used by some alternative health practitioners is Iridology, or iridodiagnosis, which is the study of the iris of your eye.
To the mid-17th Century goes back this theory, but iridology has yet to be recognized by mainstream medicine. In fact, the majority of medical professionals scoff at the idea.
That in specific zones of your iris various characteristics, such as patterns and colors, can provide information about your systemic health is the basic theory behind this technique. By carefully examining your iris and matching it to iris charts this is done. Using these charts, an iridologist can help identify systems and organs in your body that may be inflamed, or over- or underactive. Still, this information may be helpful under some circumstances.