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 Have an Immune Disorder
Experiencing dry eyes that feel gritty or are sensitive to light? This is a symptom of Sjogren's (SHOW-grins) Syndrome, an immune disorder which made headlines when tennis star Venus Williams was diagnosed. With an autoimmune disorder, your body mistakenly attacks its own cells and tissues. In Sjogren's syndrome, your immune system first targets the glands that make tears and saliva, which is why you have dry eyes. Make an appointment with your doctor ASAP to discuss your symptoms.