It is truly said, “The eye is the mirror of the soul”. But it turns out it is also the window to a whole lot more. First and foremost, the color of your eye can give an insight into your overall health. There’s much more to eye color that meets the eye. You might have learned in school that there’s more than a single gene involved in giving color to the eyes. Your eye color may be just genes in action but the whites of the eyes can tell a lot about health. Even the slightest difference means different ailments to worry about. Some researchers claim that the color of your eyes can really predict your likelihood of having several health problems.
Let’s find out what your eye color says about your health:
- Dark Eyes: Dark colored irises may indicate that you have a lower risk of skin cancer. A fogginess appearing over the pupils of the eye is a common sign of cataracts, which is also called the clouding of the vision which is common with aging. People with dark eyes are greater at risk. It’s always a good idea to protect your eyes with sunglasses or UV absorbent contact lenses.
- Red Eyes: If you don’t get ample amount of sleep, and have strained your eyes, whether, at work or play, red-colored eyes are inevitable. It usually wears off in a day. If this color in your eyes still persists, red, swollen eyes either with or without discharge indicate an inflammation of the outer layers of the eye. The blood vessels present in the eyes dilate in response to the stimulus which causes the redness and pain. This redness is also termed as “conjunctivitis” as it affects “conjunctiva” in the eyes. The causes might include a seasonal allergy, foreign particle getting in the eye, a kind of infection due to improper use of contact lenses or even a bacterial or fungal infection.
- Baby Blue: If you look yourself in the mirror and find out that you have a blue tinge in your eyes, it can be due to various reasons. Sometimes, the top layer of the eye which is also called sclera gets thin, which is an indicator of heart disease or cancer. It can also cause eyes to appear bluish. Addison’s disease is also one of the conditions that is known as an autoimmune disorder affecting the adrenal glands and can also cause the eyes to look bluish. A variety of medications, especially from the family of steroid can cause eye discoloration.
- Light Eyes: A lighter tinge in eyes have been found to up the risk of age-related macular degeneration(AMD). It can begin as blurriness, and progress to spots that completely appear black. People with light eyes also have a risk of glaucoma.
- Changing Color: If your eyes have always been dual colored, there is nothing to worry about. But, suddenly if you notice a reddening in the whites of your eyes, you might have allergies that you have not been diagnosed with. If only one eye has shown a change in color, it could be a sign of inherited disease like neurofibromatosis, that causes nerve tissue tumors, or other syndromes. It can also involve deafness or pale skin.
What should be the color of eyes?
Now, the question arises, what actually should be the color of eyes? The color of your eyes is actually determined by your genes. According to some research, dark irises are known to perform better as they have better motor skills. Another study claims that people who have darker eyes can hear a little bit better than the ones who have light colored eyes. People with lighter eyes are thought to be more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration as compared to the people with darker eyes. If we talk, for now, eye color is pretty much the indicator of the DNA code you were born with.
So, what is the color of your eyes? Tell us in the comment section.
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