Which part of your body makes you cry? Makes you read? Makes you focus on the things and objects that are far away or close? It’s only an eye! Your eyes take in a lot of information and details about your surrounding — movements, colors, shapes, people, nature, and more.
Have you ever wondered why a general physician always examines your eye first? Because these are the window of your soul, containing telltale signs related to your health, from simple to chronic conditions like HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and others. If you are interested in knowing how your eyes indicate your health condition, keep reading the article.
- Dry Eye
Wash your eyes a few times a day with the help of artificial tears. If it doesn’t work, must visit a doctor. It might be due to several medications and arthritis as well. As said by Dr. Travis Taylor: People who are not blinking their eyes enough due to reading books, staring at the cellphones, TV, and computer for long periods usually face the problem of dryness in their eyes.
Eye redness is considered the most common problem, according to an ophthalmologist Rebecca J. Taylor. If your eyes are watery, itchy, and red, it might be due to some environmental allergies. To overcome the itchiness and dryness, use antihistamine eye drop and over-the-counter tears. Do not worry if there is a condition of subconjunctival hemorrhage (blood dot in sclera). It will take a few weeks to clear up.
- Exophthalmos (Bug Eyes):
Bulging eyes are also referred to as exophthalmos. In the dictionary of medical, it is often known as an abnormal protrusion of the eyeball. It may be due to an immune system disorder named Grave’s disease, which results in hyperthyroidism. Any disease that will cause the overproduction of thyroid hormones leads to exophthalmos resulting from which your eyes become swollen, puffy, and bulging.
- Anisocoria (Different-Sized Pupils):
Don’t panic if one of your eye pupils is larger because this is a normal condition nowadays. The condition is also known as anisocoria. But the decreasing size of your pupil could also be a sign of Horner’s syndrome, which is a major sign of chest or neck tumor. So you just need to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
- Eye Twitch:
An eye twitch is also known as eyelid myokymia, and it is not a serious condition. It can occur in both lower and upper lids. There is no major cause, but it may be due to lack of sleep, stress, or high caffeine intake. If the condition persists for longer, like more than seven days, visit a doctor soon because it may lead to serious health problems.
- Cataracts or Cloudy Eyes:
A cataract is a condition that affects the vision of your eyes. Its ratio is higher in people more than 80 years of age. Cataracts are the protein clumps that blocks your lens, making your vision blur. This condition is just a sign of age, and it needs surgery.
Hence, every condition of your eye is different and linked to some health abnormalities. If it seems the condition persists for longer, do not delay and visit a doctor soon. Our eyes are a Blessing to God, so we always endeavor to take care of them!