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How To Keep The Whites Of Your Eyes White
I have Gilbert's syndrome, what can I do besides drinking water to keep the whites of my eyes white and not yellow?
Don't worry about it: Although it may be cosmetically detracting, there is some evidence that elevated bilirubin may have a protective effect from cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer due to the antioxidative effect of unconjugated bilirubin. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
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 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
No: This is most commonly seen in patient with high myopia. The sclera is thin and the dark choroid is showing through it. ...Read more
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 hereditary absence of a liver enzyme causing mild elevation of the serum bilirubin. Other causes include hepatitis. You should be checked. ...Read more
M'y eyes get red very quickly and unconfortable. What is the solution to keep the whites white or at least clearer?
Keep hydrated: Drinking more water should help quite a bit. If you are on medications, this may also be your cause. Rewetting drops will help short term. If you aren't getting results, it may be wise to see your eye doctor to rule out any concerns you have. Best of luck! ...Read more
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 more
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 more
Generally NO: Blue sclera can mean other things going on. See your eye care provider. ...Read more
Liver disease: Yellow sclera (the whites of your eyes) is called icterus which is an eye-specific form of jaundice. Jaundice is a result of elevated bilirubin which is caused by either liver disease or blockage of the hepato-biliary system (gallbladder, common bile duct, liver, and hepatic ducts). There are many causes of this. You should get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more
Eyes turning yellow: If both eyes are turning yellow, you need to see your doctor to check your liver. ...Read more
Degenerations???: True "yellow" eyes (sclera) need to be assessed for systemic jaundice which signifies liver disease ; need for medical evaluation. More commonly, a yellowish spot in the horizontal area is an actinic degeneration known as a pinguecula...Also, pterygium, any eye care physician could quickly determine this with exam. ...Read more
No: The whites of the eyes may appear less white if you over-wear contacts. This occurs when the lenses starve the eye of oxygen and irritate the surface skin. Microscopic blood vessels become inflamed and the eye looks less white. Natural yellowing of the eyes usually occurs with age and is not affected by contact lens wear, except as mentioned above. ...Read more
Contact lens use: Will not cause the whites of your eyes to turn yellow. This typically occurs with aging and chronic sunlight exposure. Also, more significantly, yellowing of the eyes can be a sign of jaundice. If you are concerned about this, make sure you tell your physician about this. ...Read more
What does it mean when the whites of your eyes are turning yellow and you are dizzy and tired with a low fever?
Scleral icterus: Most likely this means you have some sort of underlying liver problem that needs to be evaluated and properly diagnosed. Best wishes. ...Read more
A few things: The most important thing to do to keep your eyes healthy is to see an ophthalmologist on a regular basis. The second is to protect your eyes — protect them while playing sports or working with protective glasses and protect them from the sun by wearing a hat, glasses or sunglasses. Finally, you protect your eyes be maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy diet. ...Read more
Sunglasses.: Just like your skin, protect your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Get some with uva and uvb protection! But probably the biggest thing you can do is have a healthy diet and exercise. Any guesses on one of the leading causes of blindess in the u. S? Diabetic eye disease — things like diabetic retinopathy. So keep your body healthy, including your eyes! ...Read more
Eye swelling: There are many causes of eye swelling, including infection, allergy and trauma, as well as aging changes of the eyes. If the symptoms come and go, this is most likely not due to injury or infection. If the problem persists, talk to your ophthalmologist about possible treatment options. ...Read more
Blepharospasm: This is the condition in which the eyes involuntary close. It responds well to botox injections. ...Read more
See your eye MD: If you are consciously trying to cross your eyes, just stop. If your eyes cross involuntarily, see your eye md. ...Read more
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