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Discover cause: If the white of the eye is other than white, problems ranging from allergy all the way to liver failure could be the problem. Mopping up the water on the floor doesn't stop the leak! If the problem lingers or worsens, get checked by an eyemd. Diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment! ...Read more
See an eye doctor: As we age the clear tissue that covers the sclera is exposed to the environment and like the rest of our body undergoes aging changes. These changes include pigmentary changes, increase in size of blood vessels, and slight darkening of the conjunctiva when compared to the part of eye under the lids. To rule out disease see an eye doctor. Avoid abuse of drops to. ...Read more
Rare issue: In 25 years of specialty practice I have never seen this in caucasian race except in rare cases of conjunctival nevi. Much more common in blacks who can develop progressive conjunctival melanosis which should be addressed by eye physician. ...Read more
Unlikely: The sclera can become grey from repeated use of silver containing solutions and the sclera may get sort of blue in color from a few inherited issues and chronic inflammation of the eye. True blackness could only happen from the extremely rare spread of a melanoma but that would only be at the site of the tumor. ...Read more
Few days: The sclera is the white part of the eye, which is covered by a translucent membrane called the conjunctiva. Any scratch to the white part of the eye would scratch the conjunctiva, not the sclera, unless it was very deep - which is much more serious. You should be seen by your ophthalmologist to be sure. Most conjunctival abrasions or corneal abrasions heal within a few days with antibiotic drops. ...Read more
Inflammation: Most fluid accumulates in the conjunctiva, the clear membrane in front of the white sclera. Inflammation from infection, trauma, allergy, or chemical exposure can cause this. True scleral edema (sweeling) is rare and found in severe scleritis. The swelling can result in retinal edema as well. ...Read more
Find the cause: Many people start having brownish blue spots on their sclera from aging. This is a normal mild thinning process. However in rheumatoid arthritis and other collagen vascular diseases you get pathological thinning of sclera. Should have your family doctor check you for those diseases. ...Read more
Yes but why?: Regular contacts can be comfortable and give excellent vision. Scleral contacts are prescribed for special circumstances such as eye distortion, eye dryness, eye surface disease. They cost more, are harder to fit, and are generally a little less comfortable than standard lenses although this in part might be that they are used to compensate for disease. ...Read more
Yes: Some people have ratio ink placed subconjunctivslly to change the color of the sleral appearance from white to whatever color they choose. I do not recommend this but it is possible. ...Read more
Arcus: If the rings are white and are actually on the cornea where it meets up with the sclera, it is called arcus and is caused by cholesterol acumulation. Dark rings on the sclera are usually caused by increased pigment (melanosis), which is more common in dark-skinned individuals. Any new-onset changes should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more
Red, painful: Actually it is rare to scratch the sclera since it is underneath a layer of transparent conjunctiva which usually receives the scratch. There will be redness, swelling and sometimes bleeding with a fresh scratch. If you have done this you should see an ophthalmologist quickly to rule out deeper injury and things that might threaten the vision. ...Read more
I just noticed my 8 year old son's sclerae look brown. We are Caucasian and fair-skinned. What would cause this?
Jaundice?: If they are dark yellowish it could jaundice. He need to be checked by his pediatrician to evaluate the couse of it whether liver problem, any form of hepatitis, hemolytic blood disorders or metabolic diseases. ...Read more
I'm thinking of getting sclera lenses but do they actually help your vision like regular contacts or are they just for show?
Useful: These lenses are prescribed for people who need vision correction but have more than the average amount of eye dryness or have surface changes of the cornea which prevent the use of ordinary lenses. The ...Read more
Discolored sclera: Often, the sclera, or white of the eye can become thinned over time. When that happens, the underlying pigmented tissue called the choroid shows through, giving the sclera a greyish blue appearance. This thinning is usually associated with normal aging changes. Rarely, medical conditions can cause the sclera to thin. If you're not having any other symptoms, there's no concern about this. ...Read more
Do you mean the white part of the eyes? Are they red and irritated?
The sclera is generically referred to as the white of the eye, made of a very tough type of protein.
When it becomes "red, " the causes can vary; from infection, to eye pressure, to injury, dryness of the cornea, allergy, etc. While some causes may be self-limited, others could blind you.
You need to get an eye examination. ...Read more