Did you know that your eyes are a mirror to your health? Here are some health problems that manifest through our eyes:
1. Disappearing eyebrows
If a third of your eyebrows has fallen out, it may be a sign of thyroid disease.
2. Burning eyes and blurry vision
Eyestrain from working too long on a computer or sitting in front of a TV can lead to the development of computer vision syndrome and cause symptoms such as burning eyes and blurry vision.
3. A stye that doesn’t heal
If a stye doesn’t go away on its own, it may be an indication of a rare type of cancer called sebaceous gland carcinoma.
4. A small blind spot with shimmering lights and a wavy line
This type of disturbed vision is caused by migraine aura that is usually accompanied by pain.
5. Bulging eyes
Bulging eyes are often a sign of hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid).
6. Yellowish whites
If your eye whites have turned to yellow, it may be a sign of a condition known as jaundice, which is mainly caused by some kind of liver problem.
7. Double and dim vision, loss of vision
These symptoms may indicate an impending stroke.
8. Blurred vision in diabetics
Diabetics are more prone to eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy which affects the circulatory system in the eyes. This condition is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Our eyesight is the most previous sense and should never be taken for granted. If you don’t take enough care for your eyes, you are risking blindness or at least vision problems which can significantly affect your quality of life.
Is poor vision inevitable over age?
This is one of the biggest myths – old age isn’t responsible for poor vision, but your unhealthy diet and lifestyle are. One study from the 17th century which used an alternative technique called Iridology (a study of the iris of the eye) confirmed the same, but conventional medicine doesn’t recognize it. Iridology says that the color and pattern of the iris can say a lot about our overall health. This is done by the examination of the iris and matching it to certain iris charts. These charts then allow experts to identify the inflammation in various body parts. If you want to try the technique, consult with your doctor first as iridologists are not obliged to have a medical license.
Here are a few tips that you can use to protect your eyesight:
1. Quit smoking
Smoking raises the levels of free radicals in the body, which can lead to the development of numerous diseases and conditions.
2. Eat dark leafy green vegetables
Dark leafy green vegetables are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which can support and improve your eye health.
3. Regulate your blood sugar levels
Keeping your blood sugar levels in the optimal range will prevent the inflammation in the blood vessels in your eyes and prevent further problems.
4. Keep your cardiovascular health in check
High blood pressure and obstruction in the blood flow may reduce the flexibility of the blood vessels in your eyes. To keep your eye pressure healthy, avoid consuming fructose – according to Dr. Richard Johnson, consuming 74 gr. of fructose daily significantly increases the risk of high blood pressure.
5. Avoid trans fats
Trans fats can be found in margarine, baked and processed foods, and are responsible for increasing the risk of macular degeneration.
6. Consume more omega-3 fatty acids
According to one study from 2001, “The consumption of omega-3 fats protects your vision. Due to the increased pollution, fish is no longer the best source of these acids. Instead, you should consume krill oil which is also abundant in astaxanthin.”
7. Avoid consuming aspartame
Stay away from artificial sweeteners as they contain a lot of aspartame which can harm your eye health.
Antioxidants – the greatest ally for your eyes
Antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, anthocyanins and astaxanthin can keep your eye health in check. These compounds can be found in different foods such as carrots, black currant, onions, etc.
Lutein protects your central vision
Lutein and zeaxanthin are present in the macula lutea and are responsible for absorbing excess photon energy and destroying free radicals before they cause damage. The macula is responsible for central vision and contains a lot of lutein, which can protect it. However, if the levels fall due to a number of factors, it can result in loss of central vision.
Astaxanthin protects against the two leading causes of blindness
According to several studies, astaxanthin is the best carotenoid for eye health and the ultimate preventive measure against blindness. It is more potent than lutein and zeaxanthin and can protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cystoid macular edema, retinal arterial occlusion, venous occlusion, cataract, inflammatory eye diseases (keratitis, retinitis, iritis) and age-related macular degeneration.
The powerful antioxidant is highly effective against macular degeneration, cataract and diabetic retinopathy, the 3 leading causes of blindness. Besides krill oil, astaxanthin can be found in many more supplements. Start with 2-4 mg. dosage in the beginning, then gradually increase it every day.
As we mentioned before, our eyesight is one of the most previous senses and should be protected at all costs. We live in an environment full of oxidation unlike our ancestors, so keeping our eye health in check has become a challenge. Pollution, water contamination, high stress levels and constant use of conventional medications are all damaging the eyes, which is why you should some precautionary steps before you go blind.