Some say you can tell a lot about a person’s character by looking into their eyes, even going as far as to say that the eyes are “the window to the soul”. Whether there is any truth to that or not, you can certainly tell a lot about people’s health by looking at their eyes, in a purely medical sense, rather than a spiritual or philosophical one.
Your eyes are complex, intricate, amazing things, especially when you consider how small they are. Your eyes contain the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina, and optic nerve. The eyes moisturize with the help of tears, which are produced by special ducts at the corner of the eyes.
There are many health conditions that can be identified by looking at different areas of the eye, and not all of them are directly to do with your eyes themselves – rather, your eyes act as a warning sign of an underlying problem.
According to recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, all adults by the age of 40 need to examine their eyes. The reason is that this period is recognized as a start point for many diseases. Here are some symptoms that your eyes might experience and indicate something else is also going on.
Usually, minor changes to your eyes are nothing to be overly concerned about, but there are certain things that you should get check out by a medical professional. Here is a list of them:
1. Sudden loss of vision
Although poor eyesight and visual degeneration is common, an abrupt decrease in your quality of vision might mean an impaired blood flow to the eye or to the brain. In the worst-case scenario, this might be connected a stroke, migraine headache, or progression of a brain tumor.
If this happens, you should seek out emergency medical help immediately.
2. Eye puffiness
A lot of people might say that their eyes feel this way in the morning, especially after a poor night’s sleep. However, the puffiness we’re talking about here is something slightly different.
If your eyelids feel puffy or swollen throughout the rest of the day, especially if they are visibly bigger than they usually are, it could be a result of water retention, which is closely associated with kidney dysfunction.