Signs on surface: What Your Eyes Tell About Your Health

WE are already aware that a professional psychologist can determine whether someone is telling the truth or lying just by observing the behaviors of the human eye. But what most people don’t know is that you can also detect certain health illnesses just by studying the appearance of the eyes.

For the past years, eye specialists have been using simple eye examinations to monitor any abnormalities in the body. The chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Roy Chuck, said, “There are many systematic diseases we see in the eye.” This is the reason health professionals always recommend frequent eye check-ups. Examples of the diseases that can easily be detect through eye checkups include diabetes, hypertension, and Alzheimer’s.

The appearance of the eye varies from person to person. This is due to the differences in age, gender and race. However, if there are any abnormal changes in the appearance of your sight organ, better be worried and consult your doctors. Here are the different abnormal changes in the human eye, which are manifestations of different diseases lurking inside the body.


  •  Pupillary Abnormalities

The pupil is the dark, transparent hole found in the middle of the iris of the eye. Humans are usually symmetrical in size with one another. If they are unequal, the medical condition is called “Anisocoria.” Pupil abnormalities can manifest glaucoma, aneurysm, brain tumor, lung cancer, syphilis and stroke.


  •  Red Eyes

The appearance of redness in the eyes is characterized by the inflammation in the eye’s white area known as the conjunctiva. Doctors called this bursting of the blood vessel as subconjunctival hemorrhage, and it is usually caused by rubbing, sneezing, coughing and vomiting. However, the redness on the eye does not just manifest irritation. Studies found out that observing the veins in the eye to monitor level of oxygen can give an early warning of internal bleeding.


  •  Yellow Eyes

This happens when the white part of the eye, also known as the Sclera appears to have a yellowish hue. The pigment called bilirubin, which is a product of the breakdown of the old red blood cells, causes the yellowish color. Yellow eyes manifest different liver disease such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.


  •  Droopy Eyelid

Drooping of the eyelid occurs when one or both of the upper eyelid hangs downward. Medical professionals called this condition as ptosis. The common cause of eyelid drooping is aging, but it can also manifest other serious medical problems like diabetes, eye tumor and neurologic disorder.


  •  Bulging Eyes

Some people have naturally bulging eyes that they inherited from their ancestors. But for some cases, it can be a manifestation of thyroid disease. This condition is also called grave’s eye disease or thyroid eye disease. It is characterized by the too much production of the thyroid hormone, and causes the eyelid to retract, allowing the eyes to bulge from the eye socket.


  •  Vanishing Eyebrows

Some people intently shave their eyebrows for aesthetic purposes. But once you noticed that your eyebrow are thinning or disappearing with you doing nothing, and then maybe it’]s time to have your checkup. You might be infected with thyroid diseases like hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Hair deficit is a common sign of hypothyroidism.


  •  Yellow bumps on The Eyelids

The yellow, pimple-like bumps in the eyelid are known, in medical terms, as xanthelasma palpebra. It occurs when low-density lipoproteins particles are trapped in the connective tissues of the eyelids. This disease manifest that a person-infected has high levels of cholesterol in the body.


  •  Dry Eyes

This is when your eyes do not produce enough tears to moisturize itself. The tears do not just lubricate the eyes, but also cleans and refreshes it. The condition of having dry eyes is called Keratoconjunctivits. Dry eyes can manifest menopause among women since hormonal changes can affect the lubrication mechanism of the eye.

Karl Angelo Dabu

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