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See It To Believe It: 10 Things Your Eyes Say About Your Health

Dr. Khawaja Khalid

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Its unclear whether the eyes really are the windows to the soul, but they do provide a peek into what’s going on inside your body. Some things, like Graves’ disease and Jaundice, you can check yourself, while others, like diabetes and AIDS, require the expert eye of a specialist. Some things that your eyes say about your health include:

1- Skin Cancer:

Tiny lumps over the eyelid or on the lower lid that result in unhealing sores and loss of eyelashes may be an indicator of basal cell carcinomas. Despite not being fatal, they can cause severe disfigurement, blindness, or even death by moving to the brain via the eye socket if they are left untreated for long. Experiencing vision distortion, flashing lights or floating spots can also be an early indication of breast or lung cancer.

2- Graves’ Disease:

Unusually bulging eyes accompanied by weight loss, nervousness and a rapid pulse are a common sign of Graves’ disease, an overactive thyroid condition. Inflammation, photosensitivity, retracted eyelids, double vision and eye pressure or pain are also common symptoms. A doctor will diagnose this disease by looking at your eyes and observing the swelling or enlargement of the eye muscles. Sometimes the disease can sort itself out but it does often require treatment of some kind.

3- High Cholesterol and Stroke:

A gray ring around the cornea, known as ‘arcus senilis’ and caused by fat deposit accumulation surrounding the cornea, is evidence of high cholesterol and triglycerides-with a high possibility of heart attack and stroke-if observed in people under 60. A yellow corneal ring might also indicate high cholesterol levels. In more extreme cases, high cholestrol can even cause blindness, especially when plaque develops in one of the small arteries within the eye, this can then also lead to a stroke. If you see any of these signs in your eyes, contact a doctor immediately.

4- Myasthenia Gravis:

Ptosis or droopy eyelids are a characteristic symptom of this muscle-weakening autoimmune disorder. While difficult to diagnose in milder forms, early detection can help prevent further growth of this otherwise incurable disease. Different sized pupils observed alongside ptosis indicate the neck tumor and aneurysm-causing Horner’s Syndrome that requires urgent treatment. If you begin to have trouble doing simple tasks such as raising your arms or head alongside these eye symptoms then contact a doctor as soon as possible.

5- Oily Skin:

Blocked oil glands can result in the formation of tumor-like painless masses on the eyelids in oily skinned individuals. While usually disappearing on its own, the bump may become painful, red or crusty in case of infection, at which point, surgical drainage may be required. A lump-or stye-that doesn’t clear up after 3 months or reoccurs frequently in the same location might also indicate a rare ‘sebaceous gland carcinoma (cancer)’.

6- High Blood Pressure:

Bent, kinked or torn retinal blood vessels observed in a detailed eye examination exhibit high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke. If your blood pressure is extremely high then the blood vessels in your eyes may begin to leak and hemorhage, this could cause vision problems as fuid builds up around your eyes. Moreover, severe inflammation of the retina might be a sign of AIDS. This is one of the more common things that your eyes say about your health.

7- Diabetes:

Leaked blood capillaries and yellowish blood fat deposits in the retina-known as diabetic retinopathy-is a common side-effect of diabetes, and may result in blurred and poor night vision and eventual blindness. However, central vision can be saved by the surgical sealing of leaks and removal of unwanted blood vessels.

8- Multiple Sclerosis:

Although rare, eye twitching that last over a week grouped with difficulty in walking and talking may be a sign of this nervous disorder. More often, twitching eyelids-or eyelid myokymia- indicate stress, fatigue or excess caffeine consumption and can be eliminated through proper sleep and stress-relief.

9- Brain Tumors:

Loss of Peripheral (side) vision can be due to the compression of the optic nerve by the neural pituitary gland, which is enlarged due to a tumour. One should immediately seek advice of a Specialist Doctor if such a symptom presents itself.

10- Vitamin A Deficiency:

Common in developing and underdeveloped countries, night blindness in people younger than 40 indicates a Vitamin-A deficiency. Regular consumption of sweet potatoes, beef liver, spinach, carrots, and pumpkins can provide the necessary amount.

The condition of your eyes says a lot about your health and regular eye examinations can ensure an early diagnosis of any of the above possibly difficult conditions. You can book an appointment with a top Ophthalmologist in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi through oladoc.com.  Or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your ocular (Eye) needs.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Khawaja Khalid
Dr. Khawaja Khalid - Author Phaco surgeon with special interest in Paediatric Ophthalmgology & Oculoplasty. Did diploma ophth Armed Forces (Grading) in 1990, MCPS in 1991, FCPS in 1994, FRCS in 1995, ICO fellowship in paed Ophth 2012, MCPS HPE in 2016. Have attended 42 conferences, presented 40 papers, 40 publications, 20 web publications, supervisor FCPS & examiner CPSP since2007. Performed more than 5000 operations in the last 10 years, out of which about 3200 are phaco,140 squint, 80 DCR & 70 Ptosis. Dr. Khalid also loves to write about general health and eye specific problem. You can see some of his work by following these links.

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