Most people would visit their eye doctor for obvious and immediate discomfort to their eyes or when their vision is affected. Less intrusive or troublesome symptoms may be ignored or overlooked. But eyes can tell on you, especially the condition of your health. When eye doctors examine your eyes, even without a camera or surgery, they can spot health problems you may not be privy to.
What then are some of the eye health symptoms you should pay attention to, even if your vision seems perfect.
Do your eyes protrude more than normal? Unless you’re born with naturally protruding eyes, bulging eyes may indicate that you’ve hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism results from an over-performing thyroid gland that produces too much thyroxine, a hormone that regulates metabolism. Too much thyroxine causes the tissues surrounding the eyes to swell, thereby the bulging look.
If the white of your eyes looks yellow, you may have high levels of bilirubin. When a higher than normal number of red blood cells are broken down, bilirubin levels build up, creating a yellow pigment (also called jaundice). A number of medical conditions may contribute to yellow eyes including liver problems and gall bladder and bile duct complications.
Part 2 coming soon