The eyes are the mirror of the soul, so the saying goes, but, truth is the eyes are a mirror of much more. Many people check their eyes only when they have problems with their sight, but, real doctors can tell so much more from your eyes.

In the world there is organization of mass campaigns for checking the eyes, or diagnosing diseases using eye examination. Today we will enumerate several eye conditions that can indicate a particular disease, and here they are:

  • Red eyes – a symptom of high blood pressure
  • Yellow spots – a symptom of problems with lipid status
  • White rings around the iris – high cholesterol
  • Bulging eyes – thyroid problems
  • No symmetry pupil – tumor or stroke
  • Sudden double vision, dim vision, or loss of vision – warning signs of stroke
  • Burning eyes, blurry vision while using a computer – result of “computer vision syndrome”.
  • Disappearing eyebrows – common sign of thyroid disease
  • A stye that won’t go away – might be a rare cancer called sebaceous gland carcinoma if it doesn’t clear up in three months
  • A small blind spot in your vision, with shimmering lights or a wavy line – this is produced by a migraine aura.
  • Whites of the eyes turn yellowish – or jaundice, shows problems with the liver, gallbladder or bile ducts.
  • Blurred vision in a diabetic


A very important factor of loss of eye sight is diabetes, and that is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Also, a great leader in vision problems is the increased use of computers and video display terminals at home and work.

Poor vision is not inevitable as you age, because if you take good care about your health, a very good chance is that your eye sight will be great too. But, if you’re not careful our modern lifestyle do contribute to poor vision. Fortunately, you can avoid a lot of the factors that contribute to bad eye vision. Also, if you are a smoker, obese, diabetic or you spend a lot of time staring at a computer, there is a big chance that you’ll need additional vision support.

Now, the big question: can your eyes actually tell you something about your overall state of health?

And the answer is that they probably can!

Alternative health practitioners follow iridology, which is the study of the iris of your eye, dating from the mid 17th century, but still, it’s far away from modern medicine. So, the followers of this practice believe that by carefully examining your iris and looking at all the different patterns and colors, they can provide information about your systemic health. If you do want to try this, then you better search for a licensed medical practitioner.

But,  there are also natural and more common sense strategies to help you protect your eye vision, and those are:

  • If you’re a smoker, quit it. Smoking increases free radical production throughout your body, and it includes the risk of decreased vision.
  • You cardiovascular system is also very important and very connected with the eyes, so taking good care about that will probably give you less thing to worry about.
  • Your blood sugar levels should always normal, so watch out for that too.
  • Eat plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetables, especially kale.
  • Get plenty of healthy omega-3 fats, because it’s good for our whole system, plus its protective of your healthy vision.
  • Also, you should avoid trans fats, because when they mix with omega-3 fats in your body it may contribute to macular degeneration.
  • And another thing you should avoid is aspartame, because vision problems are just one of the many acute symptoms of aspartame poisoning.

It’s also very good to remember that you’re greatest allies for healthy eyes are antioxidants. Particularly, these antioxidants have shown great benefits for the eyes:

  • Lutein
  • Zaexanthin
  • Black currant anthocyanins
  • Astaxanthin

The first two are very important, because they absorb excess photon energy and quench free-radicals before they damage the lipid membranes. Lutein is found in your macula, which is responsible for straight-ahead and detailed vision. And  you can find lutein in green leafy vegetables, as well as yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.

On the other hand, astaxanthin is a much more powerful antioxidant than both lutein and zeaxanthin, and it helps against:

  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal arterial occlusion
  • Venous occlusion
  • Cystoid macular edema
  • Inflammatory eye diseases, such as retinitis, keratitis, and others.

As you can see, almost every common problem can be solved with this antioxidant, which makes it much more important for us. You can consume astaxanthin through krill oil, since krill oil is a really great source of both omega-3 fats and astaxanthin.

Since the modern times we live in are kind of harsh for us, even the Earth doesn’t give us the protection it gave our ancestors, which means we are way more exposed to free radicals, we should definitely take care of our health, overall.