When it comes to your body’s cholesterol levels and your cholesterol, even your peepers may be at risk.
It’s said that the eyes are windows to the soul.
But, in the case of giving away signs of high cholesterol, your eyes are the bearers of tell-tale warnings, and can serve as the window to your cardiovascular health as well as your overall health.
Cholesterol, in particular, can lead to problems for your eyes.
Corneal Arcus – Also associated with diabetes, a corneal arcus is a series of gray or yellow deposits surrounding the cornea and iris.
Corneal Arcus can occur in diabetics, in those with high cholesterol, and those who have inherited tendencies towards high cholesterol (familial hyperlidemia).
While a corneal arcus doesn’t typically affect vision, doctors will always recommend taking measures to lower cholesterol.
Retinal Vein Occlusion – Just as cholesterol pads the walls of any other vein in the body, is can also back up the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to a block between the blood vessel and retina.
Sudden blurring, partial, or complete loss of vision occurs when a clot cuts off the blood supply to the eye or bursts.
Xanthomas – Xanthomas are fatty, yellow deposits that can form under the surface of your skin just about anywhere on your body due to high cholesterol. However, they can be quite noticeable in the skin under and around your eyes.
On their own, xanthomas are not dangerous, but rather a sign of a greater internal danger and extremely high cholesterol.
Your eyes, like the rest of the body, tell a story about your health if you pay close attention. Any eye doctor will automatically check for symptoms of the above, but now you can have a more informed conversation next time you get those eyes checked!
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