Eye Diseases & Care

10 things that your eyes say about your health

The eyes are a reflection of our state of health and wellbeing. Not always pay enough attention, but it should not only take care of our health – for example, taking nutrient-rich foods for eyes, such as calcium, chromium, vitamins B, C and folic acid, but also pay attention to any changes or abnormal symptom. Behind these signals, which sometimes underestimated, there may be a more serious health problem, so you should consult a specialist.

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Itchy eyes: It is usually indicative of allergy, but also a common symptom after spending many hours in front of the computer screen (subjecting the eye to overexertion) or by contact with chlorinated water (swimming pools, for example). In these cases, avoid rubbing the eyes, because the symptoms are not transmitted, but quite the opposite. Apply cold compresses or artificial tears can help relieve discomfort. In case of allergy, avoid dust or pollen.

Tearing: The continuous watering can be a symptom of dry eye or a blockage of the tear ducts. Dry eye, in turn, may be indicative of a hormonal problem (drop in estrogen), excessive use of contact lenses, a reaction to some medicine and even diabetes or Parkinson’s.

Yellowish Sclera: Refers to the white area of the eye, which may turn yellow, sometimes caused by an increase in bilirubin (symptom of a possible liver problem). In these cases, it should be a blood test.

Styes: An inflammation of the eyelid rim usually produce tearing, redness and discomfort to close the eye. Styes are alleviated by washing eyes with water, without soap, several times daily, or by applying hot compresses.

Tremor in eyelid: Its medical term is myokymia, ceasing as it appears in few seconds. Not often be more important, but warns us that we are exceeding with caffeine or alcohol, or that we lack of sleep or spend too much time on the computer. If it continues for more than 7 days should consult a doctor, because it can affect vision.

Small red spots: It is the result of a small spill that appears spontaneously and that does not have greater importance. However, it should be monitored in case of problems with blood pressure, since a conjunctival vessel rupture may occur.

Dry eye: Dryness can occur for various reasons, from stay long at the computer to hormonal changes, especially in the menopause. It may also be indicative of arthritis or lupus. Some medications can also cause dry eye. You can use artificial tears to relieve symptoms.

Black spots: Have you ever given the feeling of floating black spots? Actually there are particles that are floating in the eye fluid. It’s usually disappeared on its own, but if it persists you should consult doctor.

Interior white color eyelid: This area of the eye is usually pink. If whitish appear, it may be indicative of anemia. In this case, we recommend a blood test and check out the diet to increase the intake of iron and vitamin C.

Conjunctivitis: The conjunctivitis, one of the most common eye problems can be caused by an allergy, but it can also be bacterial or viral. In addition to cleaning the eyes with water or physiological serum, should consult a doctor to prescribe the most appropriate treatment.