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August 27, 2014

What Our Eyes Tell Us About Our Health

Some say our eyes are the windows to our souls. In addition to that, they can be windows into our health and give us clues to any possible eye care needs. Although eye color alone cannot determine one’s full health, some studies have linked eye color to certain eye diseases.

Since blue, or light colored eyes have less pigment in them, they are more sensitive to light. Dark colors absorb light, so when light hits lighter colored eyes, there is less pigment to keep light out of the iris. Some believe this relates to the amount of UV exposure, which leads to an overall greater lifetime risk of melanoma of the uvea.

When it comes to our eyes, there are areas other than the iris we can look at to determine one’s health. The sclera, also known as the whites of our eyes can tell us a lot too. If the whites of your eyes are red, this can mean a few things.  Redness can mean dryness, infection, or allergies. Dryness and allergies can be remedied with over the counter drugs like eye drops, or allergy medicine. If the redness continues, it could be due to infection. Conjunctivitis or a number of other possibilities would mean you should consult an eye doctor for further analysis.

Sometimes the whites of our eyes turn yellow. This can be a sign of liver damage, so getting immediate consultation is recommended. Another sign you should consult a doctor is if you see a white or bluish cloud developing over your pupil. This is a sign of cataracts.

As you can see, our eyes can give us a lot of insight into ones health. If the whiteness of your eyes looks a little red or yellow, or you can see a clouding of your pupil, please call our office at 877-871-1684 to schedule an appointment with one our eye specialists.

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