It’s commonly claimed that “Your eyes are the window to your soul”. While there is some debate about who originally said this and why, there is no doubting the fact that your eyes really can reveal a lot about you, specifically your present state of health.
Ophthalmologists spend thousands of dollars and many years learning about the many intricacies of the eyes and vision in general, but there are some things your eyes can divulge that don’t require an expensive degree.
8 Curious Eye Problems
1. A Stubborn Stye
If you have ever had stye, you know how painful and irritating it can be, especially if it is a common occurrence. While the condition, which is characterized by a bump that forms on your eyelid due to a blocked sebaceous gland, typically only lasts a few days, it can persist for months (1).
If you experience a stubborn stye, it may be much more than a painful inconvenience. It could actually be a sign of something more sinister—a rare form of cancer known as sebaceous gland carcinoma (2). So, if you have a long-lasting stye, or even a stye that occurs regularly in the same location, it is probably time to see your doctor.
2. Thinning Eyebrows
There are several reasons why you might experience thinning eyebrow hair, including aging, stress, and a nutritional deficiency. It may also be a result of a condition known as alopecia areata, or spot baldness, although unlikely since this only affects about 0.1 percent of the population (3).
One more likely reason for hair loss in this area, however, is thyroid disease (4). Hypothyroidism can cause the body to slow down. It also messes with various hormones and can lead to general hair loss. If you are experiencing thinning eyebrows, it is worth a talk with your doctor to rule out thyroid issues.
3. Blurry Vision
These days so many jobs require countless hours on the computer. And those of us that spend countless hours staring at a bright computer screen can ultimately end up experiencing burning eyes or blurry vision. While the digital age may have put us miles ahead in some areas, when it comes to our vision, it may be doing more harm than good.
In fact, the situation is so common, it is now called “Digital Eye Strain” and is described as a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use (5). If you find you are suffering from this condition you should speak to your doctor to discuss ways you can mitigate the situation.