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There's a yellowish color around the circle of my pupil on my iris. I'm Irish with blue eyes. Is that normal and on top of my cornea?

There's a yellowish color around the circle of my pupil on my iris. I'm Irish with blue eyes. Is that normal and on top of my cornea?

Probably normal, but: There are all sorts of variations in iris color and this may be one of those. Some people will have a white or yellowish ring around the perimeter of the cornea where it meets the white of the eye. This might appear to be an iris discoloration (the iris is in the eye), but really it is on the cornea, which is the clear dome over the iris. This might be related to increased cholesterol levels. ...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


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My babys eyes look like there is pink on the sclera is this normal he is 4mths with gray eyes and it looks like its going arond the outside of iris?

My babys eyes look like there is pink on the sclera is this normal he is 4mths with gray eyes and it looks like its going arond the outside of iris?

Pink on the eye: May be conjunctivits. Most is viral some is bacteria ( usually have a discharge if bacteria, may also be allergic, Sometimes if the nose is congested there is back up for fluid to the eye and that can cause eye swelling and other issues . F/u and call pediatrician this AM ...Read more

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If my right eye's iris is about as dark as my pupil, while my left eye's iris is a light brown color. would this be considered heterochromia iridium?

If my right eye's iris is about as dark as my pupil, while my left eye's iris is a light brown color. would this be considered heterochromia iridium?

Probably not: Heterochromia is usually diagnosed when one iris is bluish and the other brownish. Various shades of brown can occur with the irises being defined as heterochromia. ...Read more

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My left eye is 20/80 and my right is 20/500. What is it called whenthe vision in your eye is completely different from the other?

My left eye is 20/80 and my right is 20/500. What is it called whenthe vision in your eye is completely different from the other?

Anisometropia: Difference in the refractive state (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) between the two eyes is the most common cause of unequal visual acuity. This condition is called anisometropia. Otherwise, the name used is the name of the medical condition that is dropping the vision in one eye (for example, cataract, glaucoma). ...Read more

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My right iris is higher than the other. Is this normal?

My right iris is higher than the other. Is this normal?

Need exam: Hard to say if this is normal for you without an eye exam and more details. Be well. ...Read more

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The pupil of the right eye of my girlfriend (18, contact lenses)is bigger than her left one.Can pupil sizes be different normally or is it a pathology?

The pupil of the right eye of my girlfriend (18, contact lenses)is bigger than her left one.Can pupil sizes be different normally or is it a pathology?

Yes, & maybe: Some people are born with different sized pupils & it doesn't mean anything. If she's only recently developed them, it could be a sign of neurological problems, though. I recommend looking at old pictures- if they were different when she was little, like they are now, there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My sons iris the coloured part runs into the pupil the black part about a mm big. So his pupil is not circle y is this?

My sons iris the coloured part runs into the pupil the black part  about a mm big. So his pupil is not circle y is this?

Pupil not round: A "not round" pupil is definitely abnormal and should be evaluated. Assuming your son is a child, you should make an appointment for him with a pediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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The white around the pupil of my friend's eye is dark like her pupil. Is this a problem?

The white around the pupil of my friend's eye is dark like her pupil. Is this a problem?

Probably : Often ethnicities of dark skin have pigmentation in the white area of the eye (episcleral) that is benign. If brand new, or if caucasian , or if changing in size/color/elevation, then a prompt evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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Yes eye color is genetically chosen but I'm the only one out of both parents that have this bright gold ring around the iris is it a disease?

Yes eye color is genetically chosen but I'm the only one out of both parents that have this bright gold ring around the iris is it a disease?

Not likely : Iris colors, textures and patterns are as variable as people are. As long as you're vision is normal and your eyes are very similar in their appearance and you feel well, then it is unlikely there's a problem. Always, when in doubt, have an eye exam for reassurance. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a pupil in one eye is bigger than the other pupil in the other eye ?

What does it mean when a pupil in one eye is bigger than the other pupil in the other eye ?

Depends: Hi. Most cases are benign and do not signify a medical problem. Have you had any head trauma or headaches? There may be be serious medical problems involving the brain, nerves, or blood vessels causing it, however. But to reemphasize, most cases are not a problem of any kind. See an ophthalmologist if you are concerned. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is the outside of my iris darker?

Why is the outside of my iris darker?

Just color: Is it uniformly dark and symmetrical? Then do not worry, its just the coloration of the iris. The outside is thicker and denser. If you have just localized darkness then you need to see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What does a white circle around both iris of the eyes mean?

What does a white circle around both iris of the eyes mean?

Arcus senilis?: This sounds like arcus senilis (Latin for arc or circle of aging). It's due to deposition of fats like cholesterol and usually means someone has an abnormal lipid profie. Such persons typically are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. You (or whoever has this) should see a doctor for advice and perhaps treatment, maybe with a statin drug. Photos: https://www.google.com/#q=arcus+senilis+photo ...Read more

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Why is my outer iris is dark?

Why is my outer iris is dark?

Multicolored iris: It's very common for people to have variable colors in their iris. Uncommonly , the change in colors can be due to a mole on your iris. If the colors appear to be changing over time, it's important to have your ophthalmologist evaluate this further. ...Read more

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There are some yellow spots in my eyes?And my eye sight is weak........What is the reason of yellow spot in my eye?

Pinguecula: Yellow spots on the white part of the eye can be due to: pinguecula (most common: due to sun exposure), nevus (a pigmentation like a freckle), nodule (due to an autoimmune condition and is rare), vitamin deficiency (rare). An eyemd can look under the microscope diagnose and give you peace of mind. Weak eye sight: likely need glasses. If any eye pain, see eyemd asap. Best regards. ...Read more

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What is it like when two eyes have different refractive error?

What is it like when two eyes have different refractive error?

It depends: If the difference is small, the brain can usually fuse the two images, especially with the help of glasses. When it becomes very large (anisometropia), it becomes more difficult to fuse and can result in amblyopia. Contact lenses tend to be better tolerated in people with large differences than glasses. ...Read more