Our eyes may be the window to our soul but it is much more than that. The changes seen in your eyes can be signal produced by the body to warn you of possible health problems.
Brown, grey, hazel or blue, eye colors are many. And while it certainly adds to how beautiful you are, your eyes are more than just windows into your soul. It can reveal a lot about your health, too. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, most babies develop their eye color at the end of nine months. Once born, the size and color of the eyes remain unchaned throughout the lifetime of an individual. However, sometimes the eyes develop a different color and show evident changes. If you observe such changes, make sure you get your eyes checked as it might indicate an underlying health problem.
Here are a few changes that can be observed that should be taken as a serious warning.
A major reason for the whites turning yellow is jaundice, according to Medical News Today, and a person affected by this disease tends to also develop a yellow tint to the skin. The increase in bilirubin levels in the blood is a major reason for the illness. This yellow waste substance found in the bile is responsible for helping the liver break down the fats present in the body. The excess of this waste in the blood causes it to seep into the nearby tissues turning the skin and whites of the eyes yellow. Other health conditions such as hepatitis, Thalassemia, and other liver-related health problems are also possible reasons.
The formation of a white corneal ring is very common in the elderly. The grey or white arc that is mostly visible on the outer part of the cornea is referred to as the arcus senilis. In older people, it is usually caused due to the lipid deposits at the edge of the cornea. However if the same ring appears in younger people, it is called Arcus juvenilis. It is mostly associated with severe cases of high cholesterol and high triglycerides. According to Verywell Health, it is more prevalent in men than in women. The risk of these issues is found to increase in age. Hypercholesterolemia, alcohol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, age, and coronary heart disease is associated with the white corneal ring.
Red eyes are usually an indicaton of a minor infection. The blood vessels on the surface of the eyes become enlarged and congested with blood due to the lack of oxygen supply to the cornea or the other tissues covering the eyes. If red eyes are accompanied by other symptoms such as eye pain, abnormal discharge, or impaired vision, immediate consultation of the doctor is recommended. This might be the warning signal of more serious medical conditions like dry eye syndrome, subconjunctival hemorrhage and, corneal ulcer.
A hazy or cloudy pupil usually symbolizes cataract. A cataract is the build-up of protein on the lens which is responsible for the cloudy look of the pupil. An individual suffering from cataract usually experiences partial blindness as the protein build up keeps the light away from entering the lens properly. According to statistics, cataracts are found to be the biggest cause of blindness in the world. Prevent Blindness America also states that it affects about 24 million Americans over the age of 40.