What do your EYES reveal about your health? From dark circles to dry, gritty eyes and puffy bags.. experts uncover the underlying diseases that could be to blame

Bloodshot eyes can be a sign of serious conditions including conjunctivitis, blepharitis, uveitis and glaucoma

Bloodshot eyes can be a sign of serious conditions including conjunctivitis, blepharitis, uveitis and glaucoma

  • Nutritionists tell MailOnline what your eyes can reveal about your health
  • Dark circles can be a sign of a thyroid problem, or anaemia
  • When the whites take on a yellow hue, it can be a sign of deadly hepatitis
  • And bloodshot eyes can also indicate serious conditions like glaucoma  

They are said to be the ‘windows to our souls’.

Looking your friends and loved ones in the eye, you can gauge their mood and the emotions they are feeling.

But taking a more critical look can reveal a host of underlying potential health problems.

Stubborn dark circles sweeping to your cheeks, and red, pain stained bloodshot eyes are something most people will be familiar with.

And while the immediate assumption we jump to is a lack of sleep, nutritionists tell MailOnline that dark circles and bloodshot eyes can be a sign of anaemia, food intolerances and serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma.

Furthermore, if the whites of your eyes appear yellow, experts warn it can be a sign of the potentially fatal liver disease, hepatitis as well as jaundice and liver dysfunction. 

Here we reveal the five seemingly harmless ways your eyes can reveal underlying health conditions…


Dark circles under the eyes are one of the most common eye issues that women struggle with.

We are all aware that lack of sleep is perhaps the most obvious culprit. And we’ve all experienced the mad rush the morning after a late night, applying thick concealer to try and mask exhaustion.

On average, sleep experts agree, seven or eight hours a night of good quality sleep is best.

And that should be enough to erase the dark circles. But, nutritionists warn, if sleep isn’t enough to help, it could indicate a series of other health issues.

‘There are two potential health causes: thyroid problems or anaemia,’ nutritionist Cassandra Barns told MailOnline.

‘If you’re confident that you’re getting enough sleep but are still feeling excessively tired, which can be a symptom of both these conditions, and the dark circles just won’t go, then see your doctor to get tested for both of these conditions.’

Often replenishing your iron levels can help anaemia.

‘To get the most of iron from foods include in your diet red, lean meat, liver, egg yolks, lentils, chickpeas and seeds,’ Liana Bonadio, nutritionist at nutricentre.com said.

‘With this mineral, it’s not how much of it we consume, but how well we absorb it.

‘Coffee and tea can significantly slow down its absorption, so you might want to cut down on them.

Dark circles around the eyes can be a sign of tiredness, but if they fail to disappear after good sleep it could be a sign of a thyroid problem

Dark circles around the eyes can be a sign of tiredness, but if they fail to disappear after good sleep it could be a sign of a thyroid problem

‘On the other hand, vitamin C can help the absorption, so reach for red peppers, broccoli, kale and berries.’

She said iron supplements can also help reverse deficiency.

In addition another common cause of dark circles is food intolerances, especially to wheat, gluten or cow’s milk.

Dr Marilyn Glenville, a leading nutritionist, said: ‘Try cutting out one of these for a period of one month to see if this helps.

‘If you decide to eliminate one (or more) of these foods long-term, it is best to work with a nutritional practitioner who can give you a healthy food programme to make sure you are not missing out on any nutrients.’


As with many other eye symptoms, it is important to see your doctor if the whites of your eyes look yellow.

The symptom can be a sign of potentially fatal liver disease, and should not be ignored, experts told MailOnline.

Ms Barns said: ‘This can potentially be due to conditions such as hepatitis, liver dysfunction, bile duct obstruction or jaundice.’

If you have seen your doctor and ruled out these causes, then most likely, it could be that your liver needs extra support.

According to Michela Vagnini, nutritionist at naturesplus.co.uk you can show your liver some love by following these simple steps:

  • Cutting down on alcohol (or giving yourself a complete break for a month or two)
  • Cutting out processed foods and vegetable oils, and reducing your intake of sugar and white flour
  • Increasing your vegetable intake – they provide fibre to bind bile and toxins in the gut, as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support detoxification In particular, eating bitter greens such as rocket and watercress, and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale and cauliflower
  • Eating eggs, onions and garlic – they provide sulphur compounds that support liver detoxification pathways
  • Taking liver support supplements that contain choline, which contributes to normal liver function, as well as milk thistle, artichoke, broccoli sprout concentrate, and a range of antioxidant-rich whole food extracts
  • Drinking warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice first thing in the morning to cleanse your body from toxins


If you’re experiencing red or bloodshot eyes it’s wise to see your doctor in the first instance.

‘Serious conditions like conjunctivitis, blepharitis, uveitis and glaucoma can all result in redness.’ warned Elouise Bauskis, a nutritionist at nutricentre.com.

But, there are also other, less serious explanations often triggered by your daily life.

For most, working at a computer for at least eight hours a day is the norm. And  as a result bloodshot eyes could be a sign of eye-strain…


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3214092/What-EYES-reveal-health-dark-circles-dry-gritty-eyes-puffy-bags-experts-uncover-underlying-diseases-blame.html#ixzz3k8Uvr7pA
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