Your eyes are a unique window into health. Yahoo Health has assembled a list of 14 things your eyes can tell you about your entire body. Here are some of them:
When the outer third of your eyebrow starts to disappear on its own, this is a common sign of thyroid disease, namely hypothyroidism.
A Stye That Won’t Go Away
If it doesn’t clear up in three months, or keeps recurring in the same location, it could be a rare cancer called sebaceous gland carcinoma. (1)
Burning Eyes, Blurry Vision While Using A Computer
This is the result of “computer vision syndrome” (CVS). The eyestrain is partly caused by the lack of contrast on a computer screen, and the extra work involved in focusing on pixels.
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 new-borns with immature liver function, or adults with problems of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts. (2)
Eyes That Seem to Bulge
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The most common cause of protruding eyes is hyperthyroidism, which is overactivity of the thyroid gland.
Sudden Double Vision, Dim Vision, or Loss of Vision
These are the visual warning signs of stroke.
Blurred Vision in a Diabetic
Diabetics are at increased risk for several eye problems, but the most common is diabetic retinopathy, in which diabetes affects the circulatory system of the eye.
It’s the leading cause of blindness in American adults.
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Your eyesight is one of your most precious senses but it’s easy to take the gift of sight for granted, until it starts to fail.
Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of blindness in American adults is a side effect of diabetes.
This is disconcerting when you consider that today, nearly 1 in 4 Americans are either pre-diabetic or diabetic.
The increased use of computers and video display terminals (VDTs) at home and work has also led to an increase in vision problems due to eye strain. (3)
Is Poor Vision Inevitable as You Age?
No, it’s not.
But our modern lifestyles can contribute to poor vision if you’re not careful.
Fortunately, there are many actions you can take to support your eye health.
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 spend a lot of time staring at a computer
Below, I’ll review a number of protective strategies, including nutritional support, but first, can your eyes really tell you something about your overall state of health?
Iridology—Your Eyes as the Mirrors of Your Health?
The Yahoo Health article above brings up several interesting correlations between your eyes and your overall health by hinting at potential underlying health problems.
Iridology, or iridodiagnosis, which is the study of the iris of your eye, is yet another technique in that same vein, used by some alternative health practitioners.
This theory goes back to the mid-17th Century, but iridology has yet to be recognized by mainstream medicine.
In fact, the majority of medical professionals scoff at the idea.
The basic theory behind this technique is that various characteristics, such as patterns and colors, in specific zones of your iris can provide information about your systemic health.
This is done by carefully examining your iris and matching it to iris charts.
Using these charts, an iridologist can help identify systems and organs in your bodythat may be inflamed, or over- or underactive.
It cannot, however, diagnose specific diseases—all it can do, at best, is give an indication of your systemic strengths or weaknesses. (4)
Still, this information may be helpful under some circumstances.
Keep in mind however, that iridology practitioners are not legally required to be licensed or certified in the US or Canada, so if you decide to give it a try, I’d recommend you locate an iridologist who is also a licensed medical practitioner.
Natural, Common-Sense Strategies to Help Protect Healthy Vision
Before we get into specific nutritional factors that specifically benefit your eyes, it’s important to address some of the lifestyle basics that can impact your vision.
Natural, common-sense strategies that will help protect your vision as you age include: