can eyes indicate health problems
Changes in your eyes often signal that something else is going on in your body. Find out what your eyes say about your health

Your eyes can offer a glimpse into your overall health. Changes in your eyes often signal that something else is going on in your body. While many conditions may not be serious, others may require medical attention to prevent serious and permanent complications. 

So it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly by an ophthalmologist so that potential problems can be detected and treated before they worsen.

5 things your eyes say about your health

  1. Redness: Your eyes could be red due to blunt trauma (subconjunctival hemorrhage), infection, or allergies. There may also be other associated symptoms, such as watery or itchy eyes.
  2. Dryness: Dry eyes could be a result of the environment, hormonal changes, certain medications, excessive screen time, aging, diseases of the eye or tear glands, or systemic diseases.
  3. Bumps or infection on the eyelid: Oil glands around the eyelash follicles can get clogged, resulting in infection, pain, redness, discharge, swelling, and crusting of the eyelid.
  4. Twitching: Eyelid myokymia is typically not serious and goes away on its own, often caused by excessive caffeine intake, stress, or lack of sleep. If other parts of the face are also twitching, however, it could be a sign of something more serious.
  5. Sudden blurry vision: Vision changes can be caused by refractive errors (near or farsightedness), glaucoma, cataracts (opacification of the lens), diseases of the retina, or tumors in the eye or skull base. Abrupt changes in vision may indicate a problem with blood flow to your eye or brain, so make sure to get checked out by a doctor.

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Medically Reviewed on 7/30/2021
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