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How To Brighten The Whites Of Your Eyes
Hmm... depends: On why you think they're not bright. The sclera (white part of eyeball) can be yellow, due to liver disease. The conjuntiva which covers the sclera can get infected or irritated, and appear red (conjuntivitis). Blue sclerae = bone/connective tissue disorder. Otherwise, an ophthalmologist should assess the eyes but please don't put anything in your eyes to do this on your own! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: You should take care to protect your eyes from uv rays, however. It will protect agains macular degeneration, and possibly against cataracts. There are some conditions of the eye caused by excess sunlight and wind, like pingueculae or pterygia. But once they are present, avoiding sunlight won't help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Iris color: Is permanent. The only way to change its appearance is to wear colored soft contact lenses. There are several brands which can enhance the green color of your eyes or even change them to another color. ...Read more
Not yet: There are currently experimental treatments being performed to lighten eye color. These are not yet FDA approved, or accepted by most ophthalmologists as the probability of developing significant side effects and possible visual loss is concerning. I do not recommend considering this at this time. ...Read more
I would like to find out how to brighten eyes with stuff like vitamins or eye exercises. Any help?
Be careful: It looks like you're a male asking a question about being pregnant, so i'm assuming you're asking this question for girlfriend or wife. Brightening creams used to lighten skin are not safe in pregnancy. Traditional eye cosmetics are safe in pregnancy. By brightening eye roll, i'm thinking you're referring to concealer? Concealer is safe in pregnancy. ...Read more
Mean conjunctiva?: The white part of the eye is sclera. It is covered by: first a layer called tenon then the most superficial layer conjunctiva. Swelling of the sclera is rare and more dangerous. Swelling of conjunctiva is called chemosis. It can happen with allergy, trauma including post operation, infection, foreign bodies ; a number of other causes. If you suspect you have that you must see an eye md. ...Read more
Uncertain: Rarely blue sclera is caused by osteogenesis imperfecta (many subtypes), Ehlers Danlos syndrome, & and Marfans syndrome to name a few. If you are concerned that you may have blue sclera, it would be important to have a comprehensive opththalmological examination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be jaundice.: The entire white of both eyes being yellow is a sign of jaundice due to liver function abnormalities. The most common cause of this a a hereditary absence of a liver enzyme causing mild elevation of the serum bilirubin. Other causes include hepatitis. You should be checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but not easily : Most products sold for this have a medicine in them that constricts the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. This makes them look white for a short time but then can end up making the problem worse. The best bet is to use an artificial tear if the eyes are dry or irritated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it new?: For some folks, this is natural. If it is new, and most easily seen in sunlight, it's likely to be jaundice. This in turn can be caused by something as simple as someone with gilbert's trait missing two meals, or running a triathlon. Or it can be serious. If it persists x 2 weeks or other symptoms pop up, a physician's office visit is in order. ...Read more
Blue sclera: The most common reason the whites of your eyes (sclera) are blue is because there are areas of the sclera that are thinner than others. In those spots, the underlying pigmented tissue of the inside of the eye shows through and it gives those areas a bluish grey color. Rarely, these spots can be associated with eye problems, so if you're concerned or having other symptoms, then see your eye md. ...Read more
Pigment changes: There are several causes of color changes in the white of the eyes. Most commonly, there is a slow yellowing that can occur with time. As well, increase in the size of small blood vessels can dull the white appearance. Rarely, jaundice and other diseases can affect the white of the eye. Any change in the eyes' color should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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