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5 Eye Symptoms and the Problems Related to Them

The condition of your eyes can indicate a number of general health problems. Many illnesses can affect the eyes, so it is essential to pay attention to changes in your eyes and vision to help ensure you get the treatment you need.

Here are five eye symptoms that may indicate that you have a health problem:

Sudden Changes in Vision

A sudden change in vision is an eye symptom that should never be ignored. If you experience dark spots in your vision, it could be a sign that your retina is beginning to detach from the back of your eye. Other changes such as sudden blurred vision age-related macular degeneration which affects your central vision.

White or Yellow Rings

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.

Blurred Vision/Difficulty Focusing

If your vision is blurry, you may be experiencing an early sign of diabetes. Blurred vision can occur when the blood vessels in your retina leak or when fluid to leaks into the clear lens behind your iris due to high blood sugar levels. This extra fluid causes the lens to swell, making it difficult to focus and blurs your vision. Blurred vision may also be caused by:
  • Migraines
  • Lupus
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Stroke

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.

Night Blindness

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.

Yellow Whites of Your Eyes

When you have yellow skin or your eyes look yellow, you are experiencing symptoms of jaundice. Many times, this means you problems with your liver. This symptom occurs when you liver produces high levels of bilirubin due to inflammation or damage. Cancer, bad diet, chronic alcohol abuse, and infection can all cause damage to your liver.

Protect Your Visual and General Health with Regular Eye Exams

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.

If it has been over a year since your last eye exam, contact Dittman Eyecare today to schedule an appointment.
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