OUR eyes are said to be ‘windows to the soul’.
But they can also enable you to better understand your overall health.
While you may think your problem is just eye-related, one expert said there are signs your peepers may be showing that can highlight issues like burnout or even diabetes.
Doctors recently said your blinders can help detect early signs of age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to vision and vision problems.
To test this, cover one eye.
Gurus explained, “When looking directly at a door or window frame, cover one eye with your hand, then alternate and repeat.
“If your vision doesn’t stay straight and focused and there are gaps, blurring, distortion or wavy lines, get your eyes checked immediately.
“These may suggest eye-related changes.”
Contact lens optician at Lenstore, Sujata Paul, said you may not even realize these changes are building up.
Here are the six things to keep in mind.
1. White Spots
Sujata said white spots on your cornea, the part of the eye that lets light through, could be a warning sign.
The expert explains: “Contact lens wearers are at greater risk of eye infection if they do not exercise proper duty and care when putting in and removing their lenses.
“If you notice white spots on your cornea, it could be an indication of a corneal infection or a systemic reaction that should be monitored by a medical professional.
“Therefore, contact lens compliance is of paramount importance to all contact lens wearers.”
You’ve probably experienced an eye twitch when you’re overly tired, and Sujata said there are several reasons, such as too much alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine.
While most of these are harmless, the guru said it could be an early warning sign of burnout.
“Physical exertion, fatigue and stress are important triggers.
“If an eye twitch continues, it could be your body’s way of telling you to take some time off and manage your workload.”
3. Swollen and Red
If you wake up and notice that your eyes are swollen and red, it could be an allergic reaction, infection or extreme fatigue, Sujata warned.
“It could be your eye’s way of telling you that your body needs more rest.”
They explained that while an eye twitch is a common sign of fatigue, so is redness.
4. Blurred vision
While blurred vision may simply be an indication that your prescription needs an update, it can also be an early sign of more serious problems such as diabetes irregularities or cataracts.
Sujata explains, “High blood sugar spikes can damage the blood vessels in the retina.
“The damaged blood vessels swell, bleed or can leak fluid. This can lead to a lack of sharpness and detail in objects.
“This can occur in just one or both eyes.
“Most people will find that their vision improves as their blood sugar levels regulate.”
When it comes to cataracts, it is the breakdown of proteins found in the lens that combine to form cloudy patches.
Sujata explained that since the lens is responsible for the amount of light that enters the eye, the cataract can reduce the ingress of light, which can lead to blurry and blurry vision. It creates a thin curtain veil covering the eyes.
Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and usually occur later in life.
“If blurred vision persists, booking an eye exam with your optician can diagnose any problems based on a complete eye exam.”
You should pay particular attention to your corneas, as circles around them can be a sign of high cholesterol.
“If your cholesterol becomes a problem, your eyes are an early indicator, as fatty deposits known as lipids begin to form and ring around the outside of your cornea.
“People under the age of 40 should pay extra attention to this, as it can be a sign of extreme cholesterol levels that require an appointment with both your optician and primary care physician,” Sujata said.
Those little worm-like shapes that pass you by are usually nothing to worry about.
But sitting next to strobes and large sets of floats can be a sign of a serious problem.
“If the increased frequency of floaters is accompanied by temporary vision loss or perceived flashing lights, then this could indicate a retinal detachment.
“This condition is a medical emergency and can quickly lead to vision loss or permanent visual impairment if left untreated.
“If you ever suspect you have the symptoms of retinal detachment, contact an eye care professional immediately,” Sujata added.