The Eyes Have It: What Your Eyes Say About Your Health

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard

Your eyes aren’t just a window to your soul; they’re a window to your health.
Your eyes can signal health problems to the casual observer, and a simple eye exam can alert doctors to many dangerous, even potentially fatal medical problems.
What do your eyes say about your health? Open your eyes, and take a look in the mirror:
Bugged. Bulging or protruding eyes are a sign of hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid, a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone.
Graves’ disease, the most common form of hyperthyroidism, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the thyroid gland to be too active.
Blue. Blue and green eyes contain less pigment than brown eyes; they filter out less light, which makes them more light sensitive and more likely to develop macular degeneration with age.
On the plus side, studies have found that blue-eyed people are less sensitive to pain than those with brown eyes.
Different-sized pupils. Pupils should be the same size and react the same way to light. But if one pupil is larger, or enlarges more slowly in response to dimming light, it could indicate a brain or optic nerve tumor, multiple sclerosis, or a brain aneurysm.
Droopy eyelids. Droopy eyelids can be a sign of the muscle-weakening immune disease myasthenia gravis, but a single droopy eyelid can signal a stroke or Bell’s palsy, a temporary facial paralysis.
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Source: NewsMax Health

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