Spotting Health Issues in Your Eyes
– Reported, March 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Theyre said to be the window to our soul, but theyre also the window to our health. There are potentially dangerous conditions doctors can see just by looking into your eyes.
Theres a lot of different things that the eyes can do that reflect general health, Allen Ho, M.D., a Retina Surgeon, at Wills Eye Institute, told Ivanhoe.
If your eyes have taken on a yellowish hue, you could be suffering from liver disease, like hepatitis or cirrhosis. Yellowish deposits on your lids could mean high cholesterol. A thin gray ring around the cornea can also mean high cholesterol, putting you at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke.
The eyes are really an extension of the brain, explained Dr. Ho.
Even eyes that are too white can be a problem.
Because the hemoglobin levels are too low. Because youve got low iron and youre anemic, Julia A. Haller, M.D., the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills Eye Institute, told Ivanhoe.
Bulging eyes can run in the family, but theyre also a sign of a thyroid problem known as Graves disease. Three million Americans have it.
Barbara Bush for example had problems with her eyes, thyroid disease, explained Dr. Haller.
Have your eyelids suddenly started drooping? See your doctor right away! It could be an autoimmune disorder or even a brain tumor.
We actually even diagnose diseases like AIDS sometimes. Were the ones that pick up that the patient has changes in the eye, explained Dr. Haller.
So getting a regular eye exam is really important even if youre seeing well, said Dr. Ho.
Even if youre not having vision problems the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends eye exams every two to four years for those over 40. People over 65 should get screened every year or two, but get checked out right away if you have any problems with loss of vision, pain, or redness.