Your eyes aren’t just there for seeing. They’re also connected to your nervous system, so they can be a clue that something’s wrong with your health. Here are a few reasons why your eyes can be doing weird things:
Autoimmune disease – This could cause droopy eyelids, as muscle weakness can make it difficult to open your eyes all the way. Myasthenia is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that affects voluntary muscles, and symptoms can include a drooping eyelid, double vision and chronic muscle fatigue, according to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.
Thyroid condition – Swelling of the fat tissue in your eye socket can push your eye forward. It can also stretch and compress your optic nerve, potentially causing blurred vision, impairing your color vision and even causing vision loss. The swelling may also involve the muscles around your eyeball, resulting in decreased ability to freely move your eyes in various directions, causing eye fatigue, eye soreness and double vision, according to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
Diabetes – If you have diabetes, you’re 40 percent more likely to get glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to get cataracts, according to the American Diabetes Association. People with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes, but most don’t go blind.
Graves’ Disease – In people with this immune system disorder, the eyes can become red, bulgy and inflamed, according to Bausch & Lomb. Your eyelids may retract, so your eyes can look bigger than normal as well. If they retract enough that you can’t close your eyes, they may become dry, too.
Retinal migraines – These can cause temporary blind spots in your vision called scotomas, which may or may not be accompanied by pain. If you have a retinal migraine, you can also have flashes of light, blurry vision and a headache during, before or after the eye symptoms.
Written by Danielle Braff. Photo by 123RF.