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A 33-year-old member asked:

There is a white dot on the brown part of my eye. could it be a scratched cornea?

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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Need to be seen!: A white dot one the cornea overlying the iris typically is an ulcer. You need to be seen urgently. And have it looked at and treated by an ophthalmologist. A delayed treatment can lead to scarring and other devastating consequences.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What could this small white dot near cornea of my eye be?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Pingueculum: It's probably a pingueculum, particularly if it is painless. These usually occur in the inner and/or outer white part of the eye. May be yellowish and occasionally can become inflamed. Other possibilities could include a cyst, scar, foreign body, calcium, limbal dermoid, tumor and others. If concerned see an eye md.
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A female asked:

My cat scratched the white part of my eye. Is there anything I can do for this?

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Dr. Valerie Hines
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Corneal abrasion: You might want to go to be seen by a doctor/ophthalmologist so they can check if you have a corneal abrasion (a scratch in the outer layer of your eye). If that is the case you would need antibiotics and be sure it heals well.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do I fix my eye if the white part is scratched?

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Dr. Caridad Santos
Ophthalmology 64 years experience
clean,antibiotic: If the cut is supeficial, just clean and apply an antibiotic ointment. It will heal in less than a day. If deeper do see an ophthalmologist.
A 30-year-old female asked:

White part of my eye turn brown?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Probably little: Unless injured, the white part of the eye (sclera) can develop some brownish tint over time from the proliferation of pigmented cells which are common in the extra scleral layers, particularly in more pigmented people. This is rarely a problem unless there is rapid growth and focal dark pigment which might be a sign of melanoma - very, very rare.
A 30-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when the white part of my eye turns brown?

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Nothing: Just like skin; parts of your white (sclera) may be a little brownish due to excessive melanosis or nevi. This is more common in dark skinned races. All of the white part may turn yellowish but never brown. Yellowish may be due to liver disease or hereditary anemias. See your family doctor.

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