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Surprising Health Clues in Your Eyes

April 11, 2012

Your eyes are one place in your body where veins and arteries can be seen firsthand, without camera or surgery. A doctor can detect certain health problems by looking at the veins and arteries in your eyes, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and others. Here are some health indications that can be seen in your eyes.

Leaky Blood Vessels

Eyes can indicate healthLeaky blood vessels in the eyes indicate that you are suffering from diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar may clog and damage blood vessels in the retina, causing them to become weak and porous. It is known that severe diabetes can lead to blindness.

Silver or Copper-Colored Arteries

High blood pressure can be detected through the eyes because it changes the color of retina arteries to silver or copper. If the condition is left untreated, it can harden blood vessels in the retina and other parts of the body, making you more susceptible to heart attack or stroke.

Yellowish Plaques in Retinal Blood Vessels

Yellowish plaques in the blood vessels of your retina are a sign of high cholesterol. This condition may lead to sudden vision loss or permanent visual impairment.

Mole on the Inner Layer of the Eye

Sunlight does not only cause skin problems; it can also raise the risk of eye cancer. If there are moles or little raised surfaces on the pigment layer of your retina, it is likely that you are suffering from eye melanoma, a form of eye cancer.


Inflammation of the eyes can be a symptom of an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. An autoimmune disease attacks healthy tissues and cells in the eyes and other parts of the body, and it may cause blindness.

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