Make vision count with Courts Optical
TODAY IS being observed as World Sight Day, the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar. Eighty per cent of the world’s blindness is avoidable, and so it is against this background that Courts Optical wants you to know eight things your eyes reveal about your health.
1. Blurred vision could be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes.
2. Sudden blurry vision may result from problem with blood flow to your eye or brain and warn you of an oncoming stroke or migraine headache. Get immediate medical attention even if your vision gets better quickly.
3. Bulging eyes serve as a major symptom of Graves’ disease, which causes your thyroid gland to release too many hormones.
4. Ring around your cornea, aka Corneal Arcus, causes a grey-white line of fat deposits to grow on the outside edge of your cornea and could be a sign of dangerously high cholesterol.
5. Drooping eyelids can be a symptom of myasthenia gravis, where your immune system attacks and weakens your muscles. This affects your eye, face and throat muscles, causing difficulty to chew, swallow or speak.
6. Yellow eyeballs – Yellowing of the skin and eyes is called jaundice and occurs when the liver is inflamed or damaged.
7. Eye twitches are usually harmless and go away on their own. They are associated with alcohol, fatigue, caffeine or smoking.
8. Bloodshot eyes usually occur when small delicate blood vessels dilate in response to irritation or infection. These vessels can also leak and cause a haemorrhage.