You’ve heard that eyes are the window to your soul, but they may reveal health problems too.
By Diana Kelly Levey
When an ophthalmologist or optometrist looks into your eyes, they can identify eye health issues, like glaucoma and cataracts, but they might also be able to tell if your diet isn’t healthy, if you have an immune disorder, as well as if your diabetes symptoms are being managed properly. Read on to learn about the full scope of health issues your eyes may be trying to let you in on so you can prevent or treat any potential conditions.
You May Be at Risk of Developing Glaucoma
Women who use oral contraceptives could be at an increased risk of developing glaucoma. The study found that women who used oral contraceptives for at least three years were twice as likely to be diagnosed with glaucoma when compared to those who used oral contraceptives for less than three years, or who didn’t take birth control pills at all. With glaucoma being the second-leading cause of blindness, this study may cause concern, but keep in mind that it was data collected from a self-reported survey and not a controlled trial. Health experts say that more research is needed but suggest the women taking contraceptives get annual eye exams, discuss the medications they’re on with their eye doctor, and report any vision changes to their doctors immediately.