5 Eye Symptoms That Can Signal A Health Problem

5 Eye Symptoms That Can Signal A Health Problem

May 01, 2019

Did you know that our eyes are an excellent barometer of our visual and general health? In fact, many illnesses have an effect on eyes.

Let us explore five common signs that reflect an underlying health issue.

Blurred Vision

Blurred vision is an early sign of diabetes. The problem occurs if the blood vessels in your retina leak or if high blood sugar levels cause fluid to leak into the clear lens located behind your iris. As the lens swells, it becomes difficult to focus and the vision starts to blur says the Calgary Optometrist. Other causes of blurred visions are as follows:

– Brain Hemorrhage
– Psoriasis
– Stroke
– Migraines
– Lupus

You can also experience blurred vision due to optic nerve inflammation.

Sudden Change in Vision

If you experience a sudden change in vision, it should never be ignored. It can be a sign of glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration which is a condition affecting the central vision. Dark spots in the vision can be a sign that your retina has begun to detach from the back of the eye.

Night Blindness

Night blindness makes it difficult to see in low light. If you have the problem, it may become difficult for you to even drive at night or you may bump into things while walking. Night blindness is more likely to occur if you are nearsighted, have diabetes, or certain eye disease.


A white or yellow ring around the irises can be a sign of high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rings are not uncommon in older people and do not necessarily mean that you have high cholesterol. When they appear in people who are 45 or younger, high cholesterol is often to blame.

Bulging Eyes

If you have an overactive thyroid gland it can be the cause of bulging eyes. It’s often trigerred by Graves disease which is a condition that causes swelling in the tissues behind the eye. Less common causes of bulging eye include cancer, leukemia, and infections. Bulging eyes can cause decreased or double vision as well.

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