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How To Make The Whites Of Your Eyes Whiter
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
I have a yellow/beige ring around my pupil and in my eye. Are there any eye drops that I can take to make the whites of my eyes whiter instead of them being beige?
No: Any discoloration like you describe is a sign that something untoward is going on. Please see an ophthalmologist very soon. ...Read more
I am a darker skinned individual and my eyes are slighty yellow. For example, I have a yellow ring around my pupil. Is it hereditary? Are there any eye drops that I could take to make the whites of my eyes whiter?
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
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 a hereditary absence of a liver enzyme causing mild elevation of the serum bilirubin. Other causes include hepatitis. You should be checked. ...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
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
I get a cloud or mist over my eyes when I change to different light setting, s both indoors and out. It only lasts seconds then my eyes adjust. Thanks?
Possible Cataract: There are other possibilities, but regardless of the cause, your baby needs to be seen by an opthomologist right away. ...Read more
Intacs are placed inside the cornea to improve the refraction.
It is not clear yet, if they can cause permanent damage to the cornea. ...Read more
Thin sclera: Where the sclera is thin, it appears blue from the deoxygenated blood the choroidal blood vessel layer next to the sclera. This is normal in patients who are nearsighted. ...Read more
Blocked duct?: If recent, this could be an infection. If long standing, this could represent a blocked tear drainage duct. Please take him to see a pediatric ophthalmologist to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
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