July 16, 2024

What Your Eyes Say About Your Health

Eyes play a vital role to know about well being & health of an individual. Eyes give a look into the lifestyle & fitness of a person.
They signal about numerous nonfatal as well as life-threatening conditions. If you notice a change in functioning or pattern of your eyes, consulting an ophthalmologist is adviced.

In this article, you will read signs that eyes gives you about your health & helps in determining disorder if any


Blurred vision is common with growing age and using the right glasses can help to overcome the problem. But its recommended to get your eyes checked as blurring of vision is also linked to a fatal disease like diabetes. Irregularities in your retina, which are instantly diagnosed by an experienced ophthalmologist may detect diabetes in an individual.

diabetic retinopathy

A diabetic person may have diabetic retinopathy condition i.e small hemorrhages in retina & deposit of yellowish blood fats known as lipids.

Metastatic Cancer

Eyes benefit in the detection of cancer in the early stage as some type of cancer before arising elsewhere in the body first show up in the eyes. Metastatic cancer means cancer involving metastasis process i.e. cancer cell break away from the main site(where they first appeared), travel via lymph system or blood & form a new tumor in the different part of the body. Lung cancer in men & breast cancer in women are the most prevalent cancer that spread to the eye.


A condition where small pinkish-yellow nodule is observed in conjunctiva or cornea is called Phlyctens. This nodule is surrounded by dilated blood vessels. An individual suffering from Phlyctens can be suspected to have tuberculosis. Order symptoms like uveitis i.e. inflammation of the central layer of the eye which consists of iris, ciliary body & choroid know as the uvea can also identify TB. People suffering from choroiditis i.e. condition in which inflammation of the choroid -thin pigmented vascular coat of the eye- is seen are at risk of suffering by TB

Rheumatoid Arthritis

If inflammation, redness, and pain in the white part (sclera) of the eye is seen a person may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Iridocyclitis may mean a person is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis

Majority of the people suffering from iridocyclitis i.e. inflammation of the iris & ciliary body are speculated to have a joint disease like rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, etc.

Skin Cancer

Sore on the eyelid that is not healing & loss in eyelashes is an indication that there a basal cell carcinoma.

Basal cell skin cancer is not viewed as fatal, however, can’t be ignored. If left unattended can cause disfigurement, sightless or even death if they manage to reach the brain via eye socket.


The retina of the eye can help the doctor detect all kind of diseases & medical conditions, one of the kind is HIV/Aids. Sever blinding swelling of the retina can help in detecting HIV/AIDS in an individual.


yellowness of the white area of the eyes is a symptom of jaundice which occurs owing to the high presence of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin a yellow compound is formed as a result of break down of blood cells making skin and eye yellowish.

This is usually seen in newborn babies with poor liver function or in adults who have concerns related to the gallbladder, bile duct or liver.


People who notice protruding eyes, pain & pressure in the eyes, double vision, puffy eyelids, etc should get themselves checked for hyperthyroidism .i.e. overactivity of the thyroid gland.

High Blood Pressure

Hypertensive retinopathy i.e damage of blood vessel in a retina can be due to the high blood pressure. Undergoing an annual eye screening is suggested, for an ophthalmologist to pick up such signs.

High Cholesterol

A white ring formed around corneal arcus can be an indication of high cholesterol & triglycerides. High cholesterol raises the risk of stroke or heart attack

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