The windows of the soul
I recently noticed that I have a gray ring around the color part of my eye. When I mentioned it to a friend, they said I probably had high cholesterol. Is that true?
Our eyes hold clues to our overall health and are rightfully known as the "windows to the soul". The color of the eyes, whether they are brown, hazel, blue, gray, green or somewhere in between, can dictate your risk for certain diseases. According to a study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, dark eyed people had a 1.5 to 2.5 times greater risk of cataracts.
Vitiligo is less common among blue eyed people according to a study published in Nature magazine, while melanoma is more common in individuals with blue eyes.
Many health conditions cause symptoms throughout the body, through our skin, our mouth, and our fingernails but the eye reveals a particularly large percentage of health issues according to Dr. Charles P. Wilkinson, a retina specialist and clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
White rings that develop around the eyes can be an indication of high cholesterol and triglycerides. Droopy eyelids on both sides can be evidence of myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease characterized by muscle weakness according to Dr. John C. Hagen, III, ophthalmologist. High blood pressure, can be detected by ophthalmologists, by looking at the retina.
Marfan's Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body. Some eye doctors have diagnosed this condition whom observe characteristic changes in the string like tissue that holds the eye's crystalline lens in place.
In the eye, diabetes has caused tiny hemorrhages in the retina and yellowish deposits of blood fats (lipids). The condition is known as diabetic retinopathy. One telltale sign of thyroid disease are bulging eyes. As a recommendation, I recommend an eye exam every two years for optimum eye health and overall wellness.
Thought for the week: Don't look back, you're not going that way.
Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.