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  • 4 Ways Your Eyes Reveal Your State of Health

    Windows to your soul, your eyes also reveal a lot more about you. Here are four things you should pay attention to in your eyes:

    1. A yellow tinge to your eyes’ whites

      If the whites of your eyes have a yellow tinge to them, you might have jaundice. This occurs when there’s too much bilirubin — a yellow-orange substance in your red blood cells — in your system. Sometimes bilirubin builds up when your liver can’t filter all of it, causing your skin and the whites of your eyes to look yellow. You can become jaundice from certain health conditions such as hepatitis, alcohol-related liver disease, blocked bile ducts, pancreatic cancer, and particular medications. To find out for sure whether you have jaundice, your doctor can administer a bilirubin test. It measures the amount of bilirubin in your blood.

    2. Red eyes

      Incredibly common, a red eye may indicate a bruise under your eye’s surface. The redness tends to clear up in a few weeks. Two red, itchy, and watery eyes usually suggest an allergy of some sort, whether it be seasonal allergies or an allergy to a specific irritant. You can use over-the-counter eye drops to help alleviate any allergy symptoms. Look for eye drops containing antihistamines. These will take any itchiness away.

    3. Dry eyes

      A very common issue, dry eyes may owe to environment, hormonal changes, or just your daily routine, such as staring at the computer, a smartphone, or TV for long periods of time. Remember to blink often and use artificial tears a few times per day to help moisturize and lubricate your eyes

    4. Eye twitches

      Usually not serious, eye twitches have no definitive cause; they have been linked to excessive caffeine intake, stress, and too little sleep. If your twitches last more than a week, or if other parts of your face begin to twitch, you may have something more serious.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    Eye Health from the Inside Out

    Optimal eye health begins with diet and lifestyle changes. Here are essential foods for maintaining healthy and normal eye function:

    • Leafy greens. Leafy greens, such as dark green and red lettuce, contain high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that significantly reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
    • Eggs. The yolk found in eggs is also an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin as well as zinc, which lowers the risk of developing macular degeneration later in life.
    • Berries. Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries are packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which promotes optimal eye health and decreases the chance of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
    • Nuts. Almonds and other nuts are a rich source of vitamin E, which helps to lubricate your eyes. In fact, an ounce of almonds provides you with over half of your daily dose of vitamin E, which also helps to slow down macular degeneration.
    • Fish. Tuna, salmon, mackerel, and other fish are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina. Low levels of this particular type of fatty acid have been linked to dry eyes. If you suffer from dry eyes, you must increase your consumption of fatty fish.
    • Whole grains. Quinoa, brown rice, millet, and other whole grains can decrease your chances of developing macular degeneration later on in life. Plus, whole grains contain high amounts of vitamin E, zinc, and niacin, which help promote overall eye health.
    • Brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkin, and cantaloupe are all rich in vitamins A and C as well as carotenoids, which have been shown to decrease the risk of many eye diseases.
    • Legumes. Kidney beans, peas, lentils, and other legumes are excellent sources of bioflavonoids and zinc, which help to protect the retina and reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
    • Lean beef. Lean beef contains zinc, which actually helps your body absorb vitamin A, thus decreasing the risk of developing certain eye conditions later on in life.
    • Flaxseed oil. If you’re a vegetarian, then flaxseed oil is an excellent alternative to fish oil supplements. It contains a high amount of fatty acids, which are necessary for optimal eye health.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    You’ll Only Have Eyes for LaserAway

    Your eyes reveal a lot about the state of your health. Certain eye symptoms aren’t serious, while others indicate larger health issues. You can maintain eye health by following a diet rich in whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, and fruits.

    Along with caring for your eyes should come caring for your skin. A great way to do this is with laser skin rejuvenation. It uses noninvasive lasers to gently and effectively reduce the early signs of aging without any downtime.

    Your go-to source for laser skin rejuvenation is LaserAway. Committed to providing the best customer service, we use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology. And our highly trained staff is experienced and certified in laser and other dermatological procedures. They strive to make sure your visit is enjoyable, comfortable, and satisfying.

    Want to learn more about laser skin rejuvenation? Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing us or calling us at (888) 965-2737.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

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