Our eyes serve not only to perceive the external world but also to reveal significant insights about our internal health. According to Yahoo Health, here are 8 ways in which our eyes offer clues about our well-being:
- Sudden Double Vision, Dim Vision, or Loss of Vision: These are primary visual warning signs of a stroke.
- Blurred Vision in Diabetics: Diabetes patients face a heightened risk of eye issues, particularly diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. This condition affects the eye’s circulatory system.
- Persistent Stye: If an eye infection persists for over 3 months or recurs in the same spot, it could indicate a rare infection known as sebaceous gland carcinoma.
- Burning Eyes, Blurry Vision While Using a Computer: Increased computer and video display terminal (VDT) usage has led to vision problems due to eye strain. This is caused by “computer vision syndrome” (CVS) resulting from screen contrast issues and efforts to focus on pixels.
- Yellowish Whites of the Eye: Jaundice is signaled by yellowish eyes, which often appear in infants with developing liver function or adults with liver, gallbladder, or bile duct issues.
- Bulging Eyes: Bulging eyes can indicate hyperthyroidism.
- Small Blind Spot in Vision, with Shimmering Lights or a Wavy Line: This disturbed vision is linked to migraines and might be accompanied by a headache.
- Disappearing Eyebrows: The outer third of your eyebrow vanishing is a common sign of hypothyroidism.
If you’re diabetic, a smoker, overweight, or spend extensive time in front of screens, you’re at an increased risk of vision issues. However, even though modern lifestyles contribute to vision damage, poor vision isn’t inevitable.
Yahoo Health points out that there are specific connections between our eyes and overall health, hinting at potential underlying health problems.
The practice of studying the iris of the eye, known as iridology or iridodiagnosis, dates back to the 17th Century. However, it has yet to gain recognition in mainstream medicine. Iridologists examine the iris, match it to iris charts, identify signs, and determine whether any body organs are inflamed or over/underactive.
Here are several natural approaches that can effectively support eye health:
- Normalize Blood Sugar: High blood sugar levels draw fluid from the eye lens, damaging retinal blood vessels, focus ability, and blood flow.
- Support Cardiovascular System: Hypertension affects the retina’s blood vessels, reducing free blood flow. Avoid fructose to lower heart disease risk.
- Increase Healthy Omega-3 Fat Intake: Omega-3 fatty acids promote eye health, as indicated by a study in the Archives of Ophthalmology (August 2001).
- Consume Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale and similar veggies contain high levels of carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which enhance eye health.
- Avoid Trans Fats: Trans fats in processed and fried foods, along with sugary snacks, interfere with omega-3 fats and contribute to macular degeneration.
- Steer Clear of Aspartame: Vision problems are a serious symptom of aspartame poisoning.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking generates free radicals and heightens the risk of eye problems.
Antioxidants are essential for defending against vision damage, neutralizing harmful free radicals. The most beneficial antioxidants for eye health include zeaxanthin, lutein, astaxanthin, and black currant anthocyanins. Among them:
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin: These are present in high levels in the macula lutea, responsible for details and central vision. Their roles include neutralizing free radicals and absorbing excessive photon energy.
- Astaxanthin: The ultimate carotenoid for eye health, effectively preventing blindness and addressing conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.
Krill oil is rich in astaxanthin and omega-3 fats, while astaxanthin supplements are also available. Starting with 2-4 mg daily is recommended.
In the modern world, we face elevated oxidation levels, contaminants, intense sunlight due to the ozone layer, and diminishing natural antioxidant production. This exposes our eyes to free radical damage. By supporting eye health, we can reduce the risk of macular degeneration and other diseases, ensuring that antioxidants reach the inner eye to prevent free radical damage.