7 Eye Symptoms That Could Be The Sign Of Other Health Problems

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7 Eye Symptoms That Could Be The Sign Of Other Health Problems


We may not realize it, but we have an immense dependency on our eyes. As once of our five senses, our eyesight allows us navigate the world seamlessly.

Better yet, our eyes actually do more than just let us see. They also have the power to notify us when we have emerging health concerns.

Here are seven eye symptoms that could signify other health problems:

1. You see an aura

If you see flashing lights or zig-zag patterns on one side of your vision, it could mean you're about to have a migraine. Luckily, there several natural remedies to help you get rid of the pain.

2. Your vision is blurred

Having blurry vision could be the the symptom of several conditions, which include diabetes all the way to strokes.

3. Your eyelids are drooping

If you notice your eyelids are drooping, it could be a sign of neuromuscular disease, which can impair muscle function. Drooping eyelids can also cover all or only part of your pupil, which can affect your vision.  

4. You're seeing spots

While there are numerous reasons why you might be seeing spots, the most common cause is because of vision damage. Otherwise known as eye floaters, treatment is only necessary in severe cases.

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5. You have pink or red eyes

If you notice you have pink or red eyes, it could be because you're suffering from conjunctivitis, which is an infection of the eyes's membrane. The conjunctiva is a thin transparent layer of tissue that covers the white part of your eye.

6. There's a ring around the cornea

If you notice a ring around the cornea of your eye - especially if it's white or grey - it could mean you have high cholesterol. Also known as corneal arcus, it is more common with people over the age of 60.

7. Your eyes are yellowing

If your eyes are yellowing, it can be an indication of liver disease. When an unusually high number of red blood cells are broken down, bilirubin (a chemical compound) can quickly build up in the body. Liver disease can also cause bilirubin levels to significantly rise, which can lead to jaundice.

If you suspect there's a problem with your eyes, it's important you book an appointment with your doctor.

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