The eyes don’t just serve one purpose, discovering the world around us, but they can reveal a number of things that happen in our body and help us discover if there’s something wrong with our health.
Yahoo Health reveals the following 8 ways in which you can tell by your eyes if you have some kind of health problem:
Momentary loss of vision, double or dim vision
These three are a tell-tale sign of an imminent stroke
Diabetics who experience blurred vision
If you’re a diabetic you’re at a higher risk of developing some eye problem, most commonly diabetic retinopathy. This is the leading cause of blindness in the States as the condition affects the eye’s circulatory system.
A stubborn stye
If you have a stubborn stye, one that lasts for 3+ months or keeps disappearing and reappearing in the same spot you might have a rare form of cancer called sebaceous gland carcinoma.
Burning eyes and blurred vision during computer work
We all use computers all the time these days, for work or entertainment, which strains our eyes beyond repair. These symptoms are an indicator of CVS (computer vision syndrome) which is caused by strain on the eye as a result of lack of contrast on your screen and your efforts to focus on the pixels.
Yellow whites of the eye
This symptom is an indicator of jaundice, a disease that’s common among newborns due to immature function of the liver, or adults that have gallbladder, liver or bile duct problems.
Eyes that seem protruding are a linked to hyperthyroidism.
Blind spot, wavy line or shimmering lights
These disturbances in your vision may be linked to migraine and are often accompanied with a headache.
If your outer third of the eyebrow is gradually disappearing, you might be suffering from hypothyroidism.
If you’re a smoker or a diabetic, your risk of suffering some vision problem is significantly increased. The same goes for obese people and those who spend an excessive amount in from of the PC, mobile phone or TV. But even though this modern lifestyle increases the risk of vision problems, it’s not impossible to preserve your sight despite everything.
Yahoo Health reports that there are links between your eyes and vision and the condition of your overall health, but further studies are necessary to determine this link for sure.
Iridology or the study of the eye’s iris is a scientific branch from the mid-17th century which has been dismissed by modern science but recent studies suggest that there may be something to it. This study suggests that different iris zones can reveal a great deal of information about our overall health and a person who studies this branch (an iridologist) will carefully study the iris of an individual, match his findings with the iris charts, identify the symptoms and reveal if there’s a problem with your health and where does this problem originate.
Regardless of whether you believe in this science or not, we have to admit that it’s an interesting field of expertise.
As we already mentioned, eye problems are very common these days so finding a natural way to support eye health and good vision is of utmost importance. Here are a few advices on how to promote your eye health:
- Get your blood sugar levels under control as excess sugar in the blood can pull fluids away from your eye lenses and damage the retina’s blood vessels, affecting its focus and reducing the blood flow.
- Improve your cardiovascular system because the blood vessels in your retina can suffer from increased blood pressure and similar cardiovascular issues.
- Consume more food rich in omega 3 fatty acids as they support eye health.
- Eat more leafy greens, especially kale. These vegetables are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two essential carotenoids for optimal eye health.
- Eliminate trans fats from your diet, which are commonly found in unhealthy foods like fried food, cookies, margarine, doughnuts, pastries, chips and so on. They have a negative effect on your eye health and lead to macular degeneration.
- Quit smoking which is a nasty habit that not only damages your eyes but has a detrimental effect on your overall health.
The most powerful natural remedy for eye problems are antioxidants as they fight the free radicals in your body and neutralize their damage. The best antioxidants for optimal eye health are lutein, zeaxanthin and black currant anthocyanins.
Lutein is essential for central vision and can be found in the macular pigment. Lutein is actually a naturally occurring carotenoid, commonly found in orange and yellow fruits and green leafy veggies.
According to the latest studies, the best carotenoid for good eye health is astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant which can prevent blindness and issues like:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Inflammatory eye diseases
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Venous occlusion
- Cystoid macular edema
- Retinal arterial occlussion
This powerful antioxidant also plays a key role in maintaining good eye pressure and since it can effectively prevent the three leading causes of blindness in the States, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and macular degeneration, it’s probably the best antioxidant for prevention of these conditions.
If you want to increase your intake of astaxanthin, you can add krill oil to your diet as it’s the richest source of this antioxidant. You can also take supplements, 2-4mg a day for starters.