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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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My sister has probable endometriosis, chronic sinus congestion, tonsil stones, atrophy in one eye, now blood and protein in urine. What could be the cause?

My sister has probable endometriosis, chronic sinus congestion, tonsil stones, atrophy in one eye, now blood and protein in urine. What could be the cause?

Unrelated: Don't look for a single cause. Endometriosis is extremely common, as are sinus troubles. A person can learn to remove their own tonsilloliths. Blood and protein in the urine in a woman are often contaminants but a cause should be sought. It's a waste of time to try to connect these. I'm glad you care for her and trust these concerns can all be addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would an eye exam be abnormal with multiple system atrophy? If so how?

Would an eye exam be abnormal with multiple system atrophy? If so how?

Yes: Measures of HIGHER brain function will be off in a really detailed eye exam if a lot of the higher brain function is broken:
Ability to follow objects rapidly smoothly.
Ability to adjust the eye appropriately when multiple brain inputs occur...moving head, moving body, moving object all in different paths.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12773891
this isn't the earliest sign and MRI proves it. ...Read more

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Moderate Glaucoma with low eye pressure but last exam Dr. Says I have optic atrophy. What does this mean?

Moderate Glaucoma with low eye pressure but last exam Dr. Says I have optic atrophy. What does this mean?

See a specialist: It is very common for people to be misdiagnosed with "Low Tension Glaucoma" or "Normal Tension Glaucoma." If you have optic atrophy, this means it is probably not glaucoma, and you need to see a specialist, such as a neuro-ophthalmologist, to check for other causes. This will likely include getting an MRI to check for a brain or optic nerve tumor. ...Read more

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Right eye open angle glaucoma with moderate field damage and optic atrophy. Does optic atrophy mean end stage glaucoma?

Right eye open angle glaucoma with moderate field damage and optic atrophy. Does optic atrophy mean end stage glaucoma?

No: Glaucoma is staged by the visual field test. Visual loss that approaches the center of the vision or extensive visual field loss overall makes it advanced. End-stage glaucoma has no useful vision. The optic nerve changes usually precede the visual field changes. ...Read more

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In right eye moderate glaucoma w/optic atrophy & moderate epiretinal membrane. Last 6 mos. Colors washed out. Is this symptom of membrane or glaucoma?

In right eye moderate glaucoma w/optic atrophy & moderate epiretinal membrane. Last 6 mos. Colors washed out. Is this symptom of membrane or glaucoma?

Glaucoma likely: Epiretinal membranes cause distortion of the vision but don't usually alter color sensitivity as a rule. Glaucoma causes a loss of photoreceptor sensitivity and as these disappear, the color can be diminished. So glaucoma is more likely the cause of your color washout. ...Read more

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I was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, being left eye dominant, my right has shrunk over 35 yrs (phthisis or atrophy). What is the latest treatment?

I was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, being left eye dominant, my right has shrunk over 35 yrs (phthisis or atrophy). What is the latest treatment?

No new treatments: Unfortunately, there are no new treatments available for phthisis bulb. The atrophied eye has become disorganized and non-functional. If the eye has become cosmetically unacceptable options can include cosmetic contact lenses or a prosthetic shell which can be custom designed to fit over the shrunken eye and to look like the other eye. ...Read more

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Can a cornea transplant cause damage to the iris?

Can a cornea transplant cause damage to the iris?

Not usually.: A corneal transplant removes part or the whole cornea or the watch crystal of the eye. Normally, the iris or colored part of the eye is not involved in the surgery, but it depends on your condition. Seek out a corneal specialist for further information and good luck! ...Read more

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Creamy pigmentation in eyes either side of iris what can cause this?

Creamy pigmentation in eyes either side of iris what can cause this?

Pinguecula: You are most likely seeing a pinguecula. These are thought to be caused by ultraviolet light exposure. They are nothing to worry about. When the same process gets more aggressive and starts to invade the cornea, we call it a Pterygium. Sometimes, these require surgery. Your ophthalmologist can tell you for sure with just a quick look. ...Read more

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What could cause the iris to look dark and faded after suffering a thermal burn?

What could cause the iris to look dark and faded after suffering a thermal burn?

Probably the cornea: I presume the thermal burn occurred to the cornea. Following a burn, the cornea will look opaque from edema or swelling. Viewed through a swollen cornea, the iris can appear faded. ...Read more

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I has brown eyes but has started getting grey rings around the iris. What could cause this?

I has brown eyes but has started getting grey rings around the iris. What could cause this?

Corneal arcus: This is a deposit of lipid from your circulation which frequently will accumulate actually in an arc or ring at the edge of the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye). It is more obvious in those with brown eyes. It is benign, will cause no change in the vision or health of the eye. ...Read more

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What causes the iris color (brown) on the left side to look as if its spreading into the whites of my eyes? I have no vision changes? Should I be concern

What causes the iris color (brown) on the left side to look as if its spreading into the whites of my eyes? I have no vision changes? Should I be concern

Eye pigment: Can you post a photo? It would be most helpful? Most likely not a concern. Some folks get some pigment deposit on the white of the eye. Rarely is this a concern, but as with issues like this, seeing it for the provider is very important to help make a correct diagnosis and inform you correctly. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the iris of the eye to turn yellow?

What are the causes of the iris of the eye to turn yellow?

Depends: Are saying the actual iris inside the eye? Or the tissue around the iris on the surface of the eye. The iris is fixed in color and will not change unless there is severe internal inflammation or actual trauma. Yellowing around the iris can be a sign of hepatitis or other liver diseases. Check with your family doctor to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What can cause redness on the outside of my iris?

What can cause redness on the outside of my iris?

Iris abnormalities: Unfortunately this is a question that requires a recommendation to have a slit lamp examination of the front of the eye. Possibilities include but are not limited to iris blood vessels, pathological iris blood vessels, iris rumors, iris moles, blood, foreign body. Seek ophthalmological advice. ...Read more

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What causes the iris to turn yellow?

What causes the iris to turn yellow?

None: There is no condition that causes the iris or colored part of the eye to turn yellow. However, the sclera, or white coat of the eye can become yellow due to liver problems. Seek out medical help is this is you. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes brown spots on blue iris?

What causes brown spots on blue iris?

Freckles?: Freckles and nevi are the usual pigmentations found on the iris. Also, hamartomas, brushfield spots, lisch nodules, inflammatory nodules, adenomas, xanthogranulas, melanomas, iris atrophy, stretch holes are among other iris lesions or spots that can occur but much less common. If your iris spots are new, have them evaluated by an eye md. ...Read more

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What can cause rings around my iris in my eyes?

What can cause rings around my iris in my eyes?

Cholesterol: Deposits are a common cause of this. See an ophthalmologist for confirmation and get your cholesterol checked by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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What causes a black circle around the iris of your eyes?

What causes a black circle around the iris of your eyes?

Corneal limbus: If ring is dark/black it can be a narrow space (angle/limbus) between cornea & iris, which doesn't allow much light penetration so it appears dark. Not something to worry about. If, however, the ring is milky/gray, it may suggest elevated cholesterol (but also normal variant in older people). If ring is brownish, can be problem with copper metabolism, to be checked & treated by doc. ...Read more

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What can cause a change in iris color or depigmentation in the iris (trauma, physical damage)?

See below: Iris color change can be from congenital changes, trauma, chronic inflammation inside the eye or from certain medications. Changes to the outer cornea such as edema can also give the appearance of a different eye color. ...Read more

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The back of the iris is supposed to be clear. If it start to yellow what is the cause of the condition?

The back of the iris is supposed to be clear. If it start to yellow what is the cause of the condition?

Jaundice: The white area that surrounds the iris is called the sclera. If it is yellow the condition is called jaundice. Jaundice occurs when the level of bilirubin rises due to liver disease. There are many causes. If you have this you need to see your doctor. Here is more info;
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/jaundice_in_adults/article. Htm ...Read more

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What could cause the whole sclera to turn red, and the iris to change color as well?

What could cause the whole sclera to turn red, and the iris to change color as well?

Red sclera: The red sclera is most likely a spontaneous subconjunctival hemorrhage which is inconsequential more often than not. Leave it alone and it will be absorbed in 10 days or so. The change in iris color is most likely an apparent change, due to the surrounding red. If however, there is true change in iris color you should have it checked by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Contacts bugged eyes earlier, caused red ring around iris, took contacts out now eyes feel fuzzy for past hours. No headache or pain just fuzzy.

1)give it time: Your symptoms should have resolved by now. If you have more poor vision or pain, then call your contact lens doctor. Your symptoms are often from poor fitting contact lenses and removing them is the #1 treatment. And another exam is needed. Keep us posted. Dr.Sibley ...Read more

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What could cause or be related to holes in the iris of the eye?

What could cause or be related to holes in the iris of the eye?

Several conditions: True holes in the iris can be created surgically, caused by trauma, or arise from certain congenital or genetic defects. Often, there can be the appearance of a hole caused either by an area of thick iris surrounding a region with less pigment (this really is a "valley" called a crypt), or a dark freckle (nevus) on a lighter iris. ...Read more

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What can cause a ring around my iris?

Probably cornea: The ring is probably around the cornea, appearing like it is around the iris. It is called an arcus and is benign. Can represent high cholesterol on occasion. ...Read more

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What are common causes of a dark spot on a light blue/ green iris?

Freckle: Iris nevi, or moles and freckles, are the most common cause of a dark spot on the colored part of the eye. However if this is new, it should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can rubbing eye cause a loss in pigments in the iris?

Help plz! Can rubbing eye cause a loss in pigments in the iris?

No: You would have to rub the eye so hard that it would be painful and dangerous to change the iris in any way. ...Read more

Iris (Definition)

The iris is a structure within the eye that helps reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina. The iris is known as the colored part of the eye, and can be blue, brown, or any color or combination of colors in between. The iris is the portion of the eye that ...Read more