The study of the whites of the eyes is called Sclerology. The white outer layer of the eyeball is called the Sclera. The sclera or whites of the eye functions as the supporting wall of the eyeball. It helps to maintain the eyeball’s shape and protects it from injury. Muscles attached to the sclera help move the eyeball up and down and right and left. The sclera is covered by conjunctiva, which are clear mucus membranes that keeps your eye lubricated. A healthy sclera should be white. If it becomes yellow or discoloured, an underlying condition may be present.
The following are some reasons why your sclera may turn colour:
Severe shortage of Vitamin C is indicated via inflamed capillaries or even burst capillaries that are visible in the sclera. Nose bleeds are one of the symptoms of severe Vitamin C deficiency. Shortage of Vitamin C also makes wounds or scars take much longer to heal. We all need adequate Vitamin C daily and even more than once a day during times of severe stress or not eating properly. When someone is ill with say a cold or flu or other viruses, you will often notice that the whites of their eyes are inflamed or red.
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Often puffy and red eyes may either be caused by an infection. However, a lack of sleep could cause this as well so ensure you get adequate sleep daily. When the sclera is swollen, red, tender or painfully inflamed, it is called scleritis. Those who have scleritis often suffer from other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases.
Brown patches in the whites of the eye or sclera could be an indication of liver weakness. This is more common amongst those with brown colour irises. Liver weakness may not be caused only be excessive alcohol consumption. It is caused by poor food intake and also negative emotions such as anger, jealousy and frustration.
Jaundice is a condition that occurs when there is too much bilirubin, a yellow compound formed from the breakdown of red blood cells in your blood. When your liver cannot filter the cells, the bilirubin build up causes the whites of your eyes and skin to turn yellow. This is very common in new-borns with immature liver function and in adults with weaknesses in the liver, gallbladder or bile ducts, including hepatitis and cirrhosis. Do remember that any of the illnesses mentioned on this blog can affect anyone at any age. We say this because we often come across comments from adults who have jaundice who think it can only happen to new-borns.
Hyperthyroidism is normally indicated by protruding or bulging eyes. Hyperthyroidism is caused by an overactive thyroid gland and this is also known as Graves’ disease.
A Blue ring around the pupil of the eye indicates iron deficiency anaemia. This causes the person to feel constantly lethargic despite having lots of rest and sleep. The person may also be suffering from cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation. Pale or yellowish skin is another sign of anaemia. In more severe cases, there may even be shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness and irregular heartbeats.
Lupus is an inflammatory disease which can coincide with dry eyes. Lupus can cause swelling in the whites of the eye, the middle layer of the eye or the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.
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Above are only some of the many health problems the whites of our eyes can reveal about our health. It is therefore important to have an Iridology check up at least once a year so that existing health problems or potential health problems can be detected sooner and also fixed by following our proven recommendations.
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