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 Jaundice
If the entire whites of your eyes turn yellow, there’s a good chance you have jaundice, due to conditions that cause liver damage or dysfunction. The yellow is due to an increased amount of bilirubin in the bloodstream, according to The American Academy of Ophthalmology. If that yellow discoloration only involves a small part of the white of the eye, that’s called “focal yellow discoloration” and can be caused by a number of problems such as a pinguecula or pterygium (also known as “Surfer’s Eye.”) These conditions are caused by sun exposure and you should see an ophthalmologist to get treated.