Y Magazine

The Eyes Have It

Four things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it.

Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel but could your eyes be sending the wrong message?

New findings from Allergan’s “A Look at Eye Language” online survey of 1,019 adult Americans reveal that approximately half of respondents (53 per cent) say the first facial feature they notice about another person is their eyes.

Patti Wood, a body language expert with more than 25 years of experience in the field of human behaviour, says our eyes can convey all sorts of messages –  both intentionally and unintentionally.

“Eye language is the messages we send to others with our eyes,” says Wood. “These eye behaviours include rubbing the eyes, extended eye contact, averted gaze or eye shifts. Our eye language can say a lot about us, revealing our emotions, confidence level and, at times, even if we’re telling the truth.”

Curious what your eyes are telling other people? Wood provides four eye language examples.

When it comes to non-verbal communication, your eyes are one of the most expressive parts of your body even if don’t realize it. In fact, Wood says that research shows we can read not only the six basic emotions –  sadness, disgust, anger, joy, fear and surprise –  but also more than 50 different mental states such as curiosity, interest, dislike or boredom, in another person’s eyes.

That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your eye language. Certain conditions, such as Chronic Dry Eye disease, have symptoms that may be sending the wrong message –  one you don’t intend. To learn more about Chronic Dry Eye symptoms and treatment options, talk to your doctor and visit Eyepowerment.com.