3. Yellowed Whites of Your Eyes

Yellowed

If you notice that the white part of your eyes appears yellowish and your skin, there is no doubt that something is definitely wrong. In fact, you might have jaundice, a condition that occurs when there’s too much bilirubin — a yellow compound formed by the breakdown of red blood cells — in your blood. If your liver can’t filter the cells, bilirubin builds up and can cause your eyes and skin to turn yellow. Most of the time it’s due to infection, hepatitis, chronic alcohol abuse, liver diseases, or something blocking your bile ducts like gallstones or cancer.

2. Eye Twitches

Twitches

It’s definitely more annoying than anything else, but it’s a sign that may be too stressed. These are extremely common, and they usually go away on their own. They can be associated with alcohol, fatigue, caffeine, or smoking. In sporadic cases, they can be a sign of a problem with your nervous system, like multiple sclerosis. But if the twitches are linked to MS or another problem with your nervous system, you would have other symptoms like difficulty walking, talking, and going to the bathroom.

1. Dry Eyes

Dry

If your eyes are very dry and the skin around them is looking a little worn, you might be unconsciously rubbing your eyes too often. Dr. Natasha Herz, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, explains that “rubbing your eye hard or often can cause your eyelid to become looser, more relaxed and even saggy. If the eyelid sags away from the eye, it not only causes wrinkles but also allows increased exposure to air and can make the eye overly dry.”

One of the most common reasons for dry eyes is seasonal allergies. It might seem like a contradiction, but dry eyes can also cause tearing up. “It’s the eye’s response as it tries to make up for being too dry,” says Herz. So if it’s not because of allergies, you probably spend too much time in front of a screen, computer, TV, cell phone, etc.

In any case, many diseases that cause symptoms in the eye should convince people that an annual eye exam is necessary and worth it, especially if you are over 40. Changes in the eye and body mean that an ophthalmologist has important conditions to monitor, even if your vision is stable.

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