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Benefits news: What eye-related symptoms can tell you

Feb 12, 2016

It seems that when we think of eye-related symptoms, such as blurred vision, we assume that the problem relates only to our eyes and our vision. And that is often the case. However, there are times when a person experiences an eye-related symptom and it is actually a sign of a problem not related to the eyes at all.

Regular eye exams are critical because what may seem like a vision-related problem might not be.  It could be a sign of something else. An optometrist is sometimes the first person to notice a medical issue, and will then refer the patient to his or her primary care physician for follow up.

There are several eye-related symptoms that can be a sign of another condition or disease, and here are a few to be aware of:

  • Bulging eyes - Graves disease, hyperthyroidism
  • Chronic eyelid droop in both eyes, or double vision - myasthenia gravis (autoimmune  disease)
  • Haze, blurred vision, dimness of vision -stroke or multiple sclerosis
  • Headache at the temples or pain with chewing - Giant cell arteritis
  • Inability to close one eye - Bell's Palsy (paralysis of the facial nerve)
  • Sudden eyelid droop- possible brain aneurysm
  • Yellow Eyes - liver disease, gallstones, or pancreatic cancer

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