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How Do You Make Your Eyes Whiter
Whiter teeth: Teeth darken naturally as we get older. Making sure your teeth are free of stain from coffee, tea and smoking, will help your teeth look brighter. If your teeth are crooked or over-lapped, orthdontic treatment will help them look brighter. Toothpaste will help clean teeth, but will not whiten them. The best way to whiten your teeth is through your dentist office. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye washing: Washing the eyeball itself is usually not necessary unless you have allergy, pink eye, or some other medical condition. Running clean water from the shower will rinse your eye well. You can splash clean water from the sink into your eyes. A bottle of eye wash from the pharmacy can be helpful. Washing the eyelids gently with a wash cloth is a good practice. Blepharitis requires a lid scrub regimen. ...Read more
Treat underlying dz.: First you need to find out why your eyes are not "white", and treat the problem. Are your eyes red? This could blepharitis, conjunctivitis, or keratitis. Are your eyes yellow? This could be hepatitis. Are your eyes blue? This could be underlying collagen-vascular disease. I suggest you see an ophthalmologist first before instituting "natural" treatments. ...Read more
Zoom or Home Trays: There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth. The most popular way is the in-office Zoom whitening, which can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in about one hour. The second option is to have custom whitening trays made for you and use bleaching gel at home on your own time. The downsides to this is that you must be consistent with whitening every day for a few weeks to show much improvement. ...Read more
Time: If other factors in your mouth remain the same, time can tell if Fluoride is strengthening teeth, as you will be less likely to develop tooth decay. If you have frequent Fluoride visits as a non-surgical option (instead of fillings), you may see the reversed cavity if this has not invaded though enamel layer. The effect on tooth is cumulative, so consistent, careful applications are needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Teeth whitening: The place to start is by seeing your dentist and find out what the options are. There are several options used to lighten teeth and the system chooses depends on the initial health of your teet, how much change you want and how soon you want it done. If you are a smoker you need to stop. Decrease coffee, tea and red wine. ...Read more
Lazy eye: the sooner you diagnose lazy eyes, the better the outcome. If diagnosed after the age of 6, the recovery is not well. ...Read more
Depends: Teeth are naturally yellow due to the dentin layer underneath the translucent white enamel. Teeth get whiter with good hygiene if they are stained to begin with. If your teeth are clean and you are brushing and flossing regularly, there is not much else you can do. You can prevent your teeth from getting darker by avoiding acidic foods and liquids from sitting on your teeth for long periods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whiter teeth: The most effective way to whiten teeth is the system offered by your dentist. This may consist of in-office or at home whitening, or a combination of the two. Before you begin, to be most effective, you should have any needed restorative treatment completed on the teeth to be whitened. Once the whitening is completed you may need to replace fillings due to color differences. ...Read more
Various reasons: The conjunctiva, which lines the surface of the eye, can develop patches of pigmentation over the years to have a "muddy" appearance. Yellowish spots on the inside and outside of the iris called pinguecula are also normal changes, usually related to exposure to sun and wind. Redness can be from allergy, dry eye, and other causes. Any new pigmented place on the eye in a caucasian should be checked. ...Read more
Conjunctiva pigment: The conjunctiva is the clear membrane that overlies the sclera and therefore looks white. But it can also be a place in which pigmented cells deposit during development which can cause the conjunctiva to looks yellowish or brownish. If the change is gradual, then it is something you have to live with. If there is an acute change in one part, then see your ophthalmologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more
Conjunctival pigment: Pigment on the conjunctiva (the tissue that covers the white of the eye) is very common in people who are have more darkly pigmented skin. These brown spots are totally benign. If you are caucasian with a fair complexion, you should have the pigment spots evaluated by a medical eye doctor. ...Read more
Depends: ...On why they are not white to begin with. If blepharitis (inflammation of eyelids) , you can do lid scrubs with baby shampoo or ocusoft scrubs. If dryness is the problem, buy over the counter tear drops. "get-the-red-out" drops should be used rarely, because they can make dryness and irritation worse in the long run. ...Read more
Visine but.....: This is not the best drop to use. Eyes are suppose to had blood vessels in them to carry the needed nutrients and oxygen that all living tissue needs. If the eyes are more red than normal you need to find out the cause by making an appointment with your eye car doctor. The usual cause for redness is dryness. ...Read more
Why would you?: If you have an occasional redness you can use over the counter vasoconstrictors with or without antihistamine. But maximum use is once or twice a day. Using them more often causes a rebound vasculitis, a redness that is hard to treat. If you have chronic red eyes you should see an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
What color is yours?: If it's pink, it could be from inflammation or infection. If it's blue, you could have a thin sclera. If it's yellow, your liver may be involved. If it's black and looks like a tiny mole, then it could be a conjunctival nevi or something else. So it could be congenital or acquired. Have your eye doctor check it out, and give you a more accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Possible retina tear: Flashes of light that occur in the dark (or with eyes shut) can be a sign of vitreous detachment, retinal tear, or retinal detachment. The flashes are caused by traction on the retina which is interpreted by the brain as light flashes. You should have this evaluated urgently by an ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid red eye drops: Whites of eyes discolor usually from the blood vessels enlarging, making the eyes bloodshot. An exception is yellowing (jaundice) from liver disease. Red eyes are often caused by dryness or allergies. Lubricating or allergy drops (eg ketotifen) can be a big help. Drops that 'get the red out' are highly affective cosmetically but can be very addictive - the eyes get more red if you try to stop. ...Read more
Follow up: do you want your eyes completely white? This is an unnatural state for the eyes and would mean there is no more circulation. The conjunctiva should have a healthy supply of blood flow and that requires a certain amount of blood vessels, hence the red appearance. ...Read more
Genetics/Aging: People of darker skin, asians, hispanics and especially blacks can sometime gain what we sometimes call 'racial melanosis, ' as we get older. Pinguecula, usually not described as brown, is a degeneration from sun exposure. Sometimes you can get nevus, a freckle. Rarely, one can get conjunctival melanoma. Best to let your eyemd examine you to get an accurate answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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