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What does it mean when the white part of the eye is brown

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Depends which part: Brown areas on the eye can be benign or suspicious for malignancy. Any new dark or brown areas of the eye should be examined by your eye doctor.

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Brown eyespots: Most spots on the whites of the eyes are due to pigmentary cells from embryonic development which produce such spots. These are common, have a much h... Read More
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Get it checked: It could be a nevus (benign freckle), a hyperpigmentation related to one's race, a tumor (melanoma). You must see an eye doctor.
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 9 years experience
A nevus: most of these are benign, but should be monitored for growth and / or increased pigmentation. surgical excision would then be recommended.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Depends: It could simply be an area of increased pigmentation, like a freckle. I would recommend having your child examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist to b... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liesl Venter
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Conjunctivitis: Brown discoloration of the sclera often indicates allergic conjunctivitis. If there is a discharge, though, it is probably caused by infection. You ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
See a specialist: First to determine if you have a nevus. Then ask them. They will know.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gold
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
See eye MD NOW: Could be simply conjunctivitis, more likely sinusitis, but could be more dangerous. You should seen an eye md asap.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 30 years experience
usually well ; fast: The white part of the eyeball, or 'sclera, ' and is covered by a transparent mucous membrane, 'conjunctiva.' when there is a small injury to this are... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Neonatal jaundice: Could be neonatal jaundice. This is of variable severity but should be seen right away by your pediatrician to see if there is a problem.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Pinguecula: Sounds like a pinguecula, which is a deposit/build up on the white part of the eye (sclera) due to uv light and dryness of the eyes. You can use arti... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Trauma: Red dot may be a broken blood vessel due to trauma.

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