Six ways your eyes can warn you of dangerous health issues

Our eyes are said to be “windows to the soul”.

But they can also give you a better understanding of your overall health.

Although you may think your problem is only eye-related, an expert says there are signs your peepers may be displaying that could point to issues such as burnout or even diabetes.

Doctors recently said that your blinders can help catch early signs of age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to vision and sight problems.

To test this, you need to cover one eye.

The gurus explained, “Looking directly at a door or window frame, cover one eye with your hand, then alternate and repeat.

“If your vision doesn’t stay straight and clear and there are gaps, blurs, distortions or wavy lines, you should have your eyes checked immediately.

“These could suggest eye-related changes.”

Sujata Paul, contact lens optician at Lensstore, says you might not even realize these changes have been piling up.

Here are the six things you need to watch out for.

1. White spots

Sujata said white spots on your cornea, the part of the eye that lets light in, could be a warning sign.

The expert explained, “Contact lens wearers are at a higher risk of suffering from an eye infection if proper duty and care is not followed when putting on and taking off your lenses.

“If you notice white spots on your cornea, it could be an indication of a corneal infection or a systemic response that should be checked by a medical professional.

“Therefore, contact lens compliance is of great importance to all contact lens wearers.”

White spots on your cornea could be a warning sign.
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2. Shaking

You’ve probably experienced eye twitching if you’re overtired, and Sujata said there are a variety of reasons, such as alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine abuse.

Although most of them are harmless, the guru said it could be a warning sign of burnout.

“Physical exertion, fatigue and stress are key triggers.

“If an eye twitch persists, it could be your body’s way of telling you to take time and manage your workload.”

3. Swollen and red

If you wake up and find your eyes are puffy and red, it could be an allergic reaction, infection or extreme fatigue, Sujata warned.

“It could be your eyes’ way of telling you that your body needs more rest.”

They explained that while an eye twitch is a common sign of fatigue, so is redness.

4. Blurred vision

While blurry vision may just be a sign that your prescription needs updating, it can also be an early sign of more serious issues such as diabetes irregularities or cataracts.

Sujata explained, “High blood sugar spikes can damage retinal blood vessels.

“Damaged blood vessels swell, bleed, or may leak fluid. This can result in the inability to see in clear focus and detect object details.

“It can happen in one eye or in both eyes.

“Most people will notice that their vision improves as their blood sugar levels regulate.”

When it comes to cataracts, it’s the breakdown of proteins inside the lens that come together to form cloudy patches.

Sujata explained that because the lens is responsible for the amount of light that enters the eye, the cataract can prevent light from entering, which can lead to blurry and hazy vision. It creates a thin curtain veil covering the eyes.

“Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and tend to occur later in life.

“If blurry vision persists, booking an eye exam with your optician will allow them to diagnose any potential issues based on a comprehensive eye exam.”

5. Rings

You need to pay special attention to your corneas, as rings around them could be a sign of high cholesterol.

“If your cholesterol is becoming a problem, your eyes are an early indicator because fatty deposits called lipids will start to form and create a ring around the outside of your cornea.

“Those under 40 should watch them closely as this can be a sign of extreme cholesterol levels which would require an appointment with your optician and GP,” Sujata said.

6. Floats

Those little worm-like shapes that pass you by are usually nothing to worry about.

But if they’re sitting next to flashes and large sets of floaters, that could be a sign of a serious problem.

“If the more frequent occurrence of floaters is accompanied by temporary loss of vision or perceived flashing lights, this could indicate retinal detachment.

“This condition is a medical emergency and can quickly lead to permanent vision loss or visual impairment if left untreated.

“If you ever suspect you have the symptoms of retinal detachment, contact an eye care professional immediately,” Sujata added.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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