They say that the eyes are the “window into the soul.” But many people don’t realize that they may also be able to tell you a lot about your overall health. Changesin eye appearance are a telltale sign that there may be issues. For example, red eyes can signal dryness, which may be easily remedied by switching to more moisture-friendly contact lenses such as Biofinity. Researchers believe that depending on the color of your eyes, you may be more at risk to certain diseases and conditions, such as cancer, cataracts and even depression.Here’s a closer look at what your eye color can say about your health
Eye Color and Your Health
- Brown: Brown-eyed people are less likely to develop cataracts and eye cancer compared to people with lighter colored eyes. Why? Because the darker the eyes, the more UV protection they offer. Now, that doesn’t mean that if you have brown or dark-colored eyes, you can skip wearing sunglasses and UV-resistant glasses and contacts altogether; but generally speaking, you’ll be safer from the sun’s effects. On a downside, however, studies indicate that people with dark-colored eyes are likely to have lower pain tolerances and are more likely to experience anxiety than light-eyed people.
- Hazel: Like those with brown eyes, people with hazel eyes are more likely to have lower pain tolerances and experience anxiety than those with light-colored eyes.
- Green: If darker-colored eyes are more UV-resistant to the sun, you can probably already guess that lighter-colored green eyes are not, meaning that they’re more susceptible to the development of eye melanoma and other eye conditions. However, those with green eyes are said to have a stronger pain tolerance and are at a lower risk of developing anxiety and depression.
- Blue: Blue eyes are light-colored eyes, so there’s the same elevated risk for eye diseases and cancers from sun exposure. But according to recent research, those with blue eyes are also more likely to develop an addiction to alcohol.
It doesn’t matter what type of contacts or glasses you wear; whether it’s Biofinity or Air Optix Aqua, eye color can tell you an awful lot about your health. And while the above details are the basics regarding eye color and health, there are a few other eye signs and symptoms that you should be aware of. The first, and often less serious one, is red eyes. Simply put, red eyes are common and occur when blood vessels within the eyes well or dilate. The most common culprits of red eyes are dryness, over exposure to the sun, and allergies or dust. Red eyes can often be remedied by adding lubricating drops or switching to a more moisture-friendly contact lens such as Biofinity. However, regular red eyes are linked to depression, so be sure to seek medical attention if you’ve had red eyes for more than just a few days. Regular red eyes may also be linked to autoimmune diseases, infections and blood vessel issues.
When the whites of the eyes appear yellow in color, the health outlook is generally much more serious. For instance, a yellowish tint is a sign of liver damage – specifically, jaundice, which is a condition that limits the body’s natural ability to filter substances. Liver disease is commonly linked to alcoholism. And finally, hazy pupils may be an indication of the onset of cataracts.
As you can see, your eyes can tell you a lot about your health, both in terms of whether or not you may have symptoms and conditions to address to certain risk factors. That’s part of the reason why it’s recommended that you have your eyes checked on an annual basis, so that issues can be identified and corrected before they become more serious. In the case of a situation such as red eyes, the solution can be as simple as changing to a more moisturized contact lens.