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Grey Eye Whites In Children
Really greying?: Sometimes melanin pigment deposits can give appearance of graying. This is normal. In older age grey plaque in sclera are normal. If your sclera is progressively getting grey it may be thinning due to "collagen vascular diseases', although rare but since you are only 34 you must see an ophthalmologist that then will refer you to a rheumatologist for more workup & diagnosis if necessary. ...Read more
Probably normal: Grey spots on the sclera (white of the eye) are usually areas of thinning of the eye wall, which is common with age. This thinning allows the pigmented tissues beneath the sclera to show through, which gives this grey appearance. However, areas of increased pigmentation (usually brown or black) can indicate a risk for cancer or pre-cancer on the surface of the eye, so get an eye exam to be sure. ...Read more
Arcus senilis: Arcus senilis is a blue gray ; white arc or ring that forms around the cornea of the eye. It is very common in older adults. It can be associated with a higher than normal blood cholesterol level (so check that out) but can be a genetic variation also; it does not cause problems with vision and does not need treatment. ...Read more
Gray eye spot: The most common cause of a gray eye spot as we age is senile scleral plaques. They are benign and do not cause any problems. ...Read more
Decreased blood flow: Fainting often can be the result of decreased blood flow to the brain. As the carotid arteries enter the skull, the first branches from them are actually to the eyes. Decreased blood flow to the eyes can result in a "greying out" of the vision. It occurs because the retinal and optic nerve tissues are not getting enough oxygen. ...Read more
Great eye dots: Your description is most likely consistent with gray spots corresponding the deep vessels in the sclera (white of eye). It has probably been present for quite some time and you just did not notice it. Other issues can cause this appearance so if this is a new finding or if it is changing, you should see your eye doctor. ...Read more
Blue sclera: What you are most likely noticing is something called blue sclera, in areas where the tough white connective tissue covering the eye (sclera) is thin enough to show the underlying vascular layer (choroid). This oftentimes can occur alone with no other issues, but it can also be found in certain rare connective tissue diseases. It's probably fine, but I would have a pediatrician take a look at it. ...Read more
Reduced blood: If you close your eyes really tight, not only does it make the photoreceptors in your eyes more sensitive to light, but you may also be compressing the blood vessels. This would have the effect of overstimulating the photoreceptors, causing you to have funny vision for a few seconds - grey, funny lights, etc. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I have brown eyes that are turning gray from the outer rim toward the pupil. Should I be worried?
My 6 month old eyes are grey where the white should be. Just wondering how concerned I should be about this?
Eyes: Your child's grey conjunctiva are normal and may be due to nevi or birthmarks. ...Read more
I have a concussion, the whites of my eyes have now turned grey and my eyes are glossy like I'm stoned...is this normal?
My babys eyes look like there is pink on the sclera is this normal he is 4mths with gray eyes and it looks like its going arond the outside of iris?
Pink on the eye: May be conjunctivits. Most is viral some is bacteria (usually have a discharge if bacteria, may also be allergic, Sometimes if the nose is congested there is back up for fluid to the eye and that can cause eye swelling and other issues. F/u and call pediatrician this AM ...Read more
Is it possible to change your eye color? I am perfecty happy with my eyes but I was just interested. Is is possible to go from say a grey eye to a green eye? And can they make different patterns?
No: No real permanent ways to do this that are safe. Colored contact lenses are really the only good way to do this. ...Read more
No: Heterochromia is when the eyes do not match in color or there is significant variation in color of one iris. If both eyes are the same grey, this is a normal variant. ...Read more
Not necessarily: See an eye doctor to be sure, but there are normal areas of pigmentation on the eye and sometimes areas can look red, yellow, brown or gray. There are rarer conditions where the white part can even be blue! Sometimes these pigmentations are chronic and generally safer and sometimes these are new and need to be monitored closely. ...Read more
See eye doc.: Kids can have grey, black or brown areas on the sclera (white part of the eye). It if usually nothing BUT, especially if this is new, she needs to get checked by an eye doctor. Do it in the next few weeks. ...Read more
Corneal arcus: This is a deposit of lipid from your circulation which frequently will accumulate actually in an arc or ring at the edge of the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye). It is more obvious in those with brown eyes. It is benign, will cause no change in the vision or health of the eye. ...Read more
My 5 year old has grey cloudy marks on the white part of her eyes. Should I be worried and what can it be?
My boyfriend has grey spots in the whites of his eyes he's had these all his life but we are curious as to what they might be?
Choroidal Veins: Discoloration of the sclera (whites of the eyes), is usually due to the underlying choroidal veins which can show through. It may sometimes be associated with a genetic disorder of collagen formation, but not always. Might want to discuss with his doc regarding any other signs/symptoms of possible collagen formation disorder. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for using Healthtap. Dr R ...Read more
Why do my eyes constantly change color? They are usually grey, but have changed to brown, hazel, blue, and green. Is this normal?
Appearance: Some fortunate people have multicolored eyes. In the microscope, there are several colors on the iris: blue, brown, green and so forth. When you wear clothes that match one of the colors, the eyes appear to change. ...Read more
If I have hazel eyes & my husband has blue, what color eyes might our daughter have? They are currently bluish gray. She is 2wks.
Eye color: Eye color is given by multiple gene sets and is very difficult to be sure of the child's eye color. ...Read more