The eyes should not only be looked at as the cliched windows to one’s soul. In addition to their spiritual dimension, they also have a more pragmatic, health-connected one. Although not commonly observed, what is happening around your eyes can give us warning signs about some serious (and not-so-serious) health issues.
Have you ever had a lump on your eyelid or experienced blurred vision? Check out these seven things your eyes might be trying to tell you when exhibiting such signs.
Redness in or around the eyes can occur with varying levels of severity. Seeing just a bloody dot on the white of your eye can be scary, but more likely than not it is only a bruise beneath the surface of the eye, also known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage which should heal on its own in a few days. See your doctor if the bruise persists for more than a week.
Widespread redness is most likely associated with allergies, especially if the eyes are itchy and dry. If this redness is consistent and has not gone away in 10 days, call your doctor for a prescription.
Whether eye discharge is serious depends on symptoms that accompany it. A watery eye discharge for instance, generally means that the eye has been most likely irritated by an allergen such as dust.
However, if the discharge is white or yellow and comes with a crustiness on the lids, itchiness, and a bloodshot appearance, this could be the result of a viral infection such as pink eye. Viruses like this are VERY infectious and must be treated with antibiotics, so make sure to contact your physician immediately. Meanwhile, avoid as much contact with people as possible.
Blurriness, loss of vision, severe pain, or light sensitivity can be symptoms of a more severe (but still easily treatable) eye infection. Don’t waste time and book an appointment with your optometrist.
Eyelid twitching is common and annoying but usually not so serious. It’s called eyelid myokymia, which most studies agree is not caused by any one thing. It may be linked to high caffeine intake, stress, or lack of sleep. The solution is simple: you need to make some lifestyle changes.
If the twitching continues for more than a week or if other parts of your face start twitching, go straight to your doctor.
If you’re noticing your vision is becoming hindered, not by your eyesight but by a blockage in front of your eyes, this could be your eyelids drooping. This is something that happens naturally when our eyelids are aging, become thinner and lose their collagen in the process. The condition is called ptosis or blepharoptosis.
Ptosis should not occur if you’re younger. If it does, visit a physician. In severe cases, the drooping eyelid can cover the entire pupil and interfere with vision in one or both eyes.
Source:Medical News Today
When the whites of your eyes are taking on a yellowish hue, this is almost always associated with liver damage, most likely a disease called jaundice. It can appear in both adults and newborns with undeveloped liver function.
Yellowness may also be connected with the state of the gallbladder or the bile ducts, which can interfere with digestive health. If you notice such yellowing, bring it to your doctor straight away.
There is a difference between having large eyes and having eyes that bulge. Bulging happens when the eyes seem to expand outside the lids and seem larger than usual.
This can be a symptom of thyroid eye disease, also called Graves’ disease, which occurs when the thyroid is overactive. Difficulties closing the eyes are another symptom of a malfunctioning thyroid.
A lump on the eyelid is a common issue. Whether it’s red, white, or flesh-colored, it can be both painful and painless, but it is annoying and unsightly in both cases.
However, the odds are that this is a harmless thing called a ‘stye’. Styes appear as a result of oil glands on the eyes getting clogged, infecting the eyelash follicles in turn.
To ease the pain, apply pressure with a warm, moist cloth on the most tender part of the bump five or six times a day. You can also wash your eyelashes once a day with a few drops of baby shampoo and hot water. If nothing is working, call your doctor to see if you need an antibiotic or a steroid ointment. In more severe cases, a surgery to drain the lesion might be necessary.