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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
No red out drops: Do not use red out drops on a regular basis--these can actually make the redness much worse. I recommend wearing sunglasses with maximum uv protection, make sure you are getting enough sleep, avoid dusty/smoky environments, and use an artificial tear drop up to 4x per day. Cold artificial tears can temporarily constrict blood vessels and make your eyes appear whiter. ...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
Jaundice: You should get a blood test to check bilirubin levels among others. If elevated you will need further testing to find the etiology. Jaundice is usually caused by liver disease or biliary obsteuction but can also be caused by certain types of blood cell disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
M'y eyes get red very quickly and unconfortable. What is the solution to keep the whites white or at least clearer?
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
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