Here are five eye symptoms that may indicate that you have a health problem:
If you notice a white or yellow ring around your iris, it could be a sign of high cholesterol or high triglycerides. These rings are not uncommon in older people and do not always mean you have high cholesterol. When people under the age of 45 have these rings around their iris, high cholesterol is usually the cause.
Another cause of blurred vision can be bulging or narrowing retinal blood vessels. This can be a sign of high blood pressure which may also raise your risk of kidney or heart disease. Optic nerve inflammation is another possible cause of blurred vision. This type of inflammation can be an early sign of multiple sclerosis and can also occur if you have a condition such as Lyme disease, mumps, measles or shingles.
If you suffer from night blindness, you may find it difficult to drive a night or move around your home in the dark without bumping into or tripping over things. This symptom is more common if you have diabetes, are nearsighted, or have eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts. This eye symptom could also be a sign of a vitamin A deficiency. This deficiency is not common, but it can occur in people who have had gastric bypass or those with a pancreatic or liver disorder who may have difficulty absorbing vitamin A.
It is recommended that you have your eyes examined yearly unless directed otherwise by a doctor, to check for any vision problems or eye diseases. Many eye diseases begin asymptomatically, resulting in vision loss before you notice a change in your vision. At Dittman Eyecare, we practice preventative eye care focusing on proactive testing and treatments to provide you with the most advanced care for your vision health.