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Discolored sclera: Often, the sclera, or white of the eye can become thinned over time. When that happens, the underlying pigmented tissue called the choroid shows through, giving the sclera a greyish blue appearance. This thinning is usually associated with normal aging changes. Rarely, medical conditions can cause the sclera to thin. If you're not having any other symptoms, there's no concern about this. ...Read more
Do you mean the white part of the eyes? Are they red and irritated?
The sclera is generically referred to as the white of the eye, made of a very tough type of protein.
When it becomes "red, " the causes can vary; from infection, to eye pressure, to injury, dryness of the cornea, allergy, etc. While some causes may be self-limited, others could blind you.
You need to get an eye examination. ...Read more
Not unusual: It is common for the sclera, or the white of the eye, to have pigmentation. Sometimes there are yellowish patches called pingueculae as well. If there is a new pigmentation or a substantial change in pigmentation of the sclera, this should be checked by an ophthalmologist. There is no good treatment to alter the pigmentation of the conjunctiva or sclera. ...Read more
White sclera: Some redness to the eyes is normal and varies from person to person. To minimize this redness, you can use over-the-counter artificial tears frequently and get-the-red-out vasocontrictor drops occasionally. Be sure not to over use the get-the-red-out drops since this can make the redness worse. If redness worsens, I would see and eye doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Probably not: This is probably not a problem but if it is a new finding then see your eye doctor for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more
No harm: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. They are not harmful in any way ...Read more
Several options: Greyness can come about from use of silver containing medications or cosmetics. It can also be due to thinness of the sclera which allows the underlying black lining of the eye to show through. Check with your ophthalmologist to see why this has happened if this is your eye. ...Read more
Please don't: Put any baking soda in your eyes. ...Read more
Pinguecula: A pinguecula, which is a deposit/build up on the white part of the eye (sclera) due to uv light and dryness of the eyes. You can use artificial tears, and use a cap and/or sunglasses when outdoors. If it gets large, constantly irritated (red), or grows over the cornea, you may need medicated drops or surgery. ...Read more
The sclera is the: White outer layer of the eyeball, continuous with the cornea at the front of the eye. A faint blue hue is usually indicative of an area of thin sclera where the vessels in the next layer (choroid) can influence the normally white color of the sclera. Uncommonly, blue or purple patches can be associated with pathology and should be evaluated by your eye care professional. ...Read more
Discolored eyes: If uniform color, may be hereditary, espeically if afroamerican. However, if isolated area, may be due to previous bleeding (subconjunctival hemorrahge). Should see eye care provider, slight, slight possiblity could be more severe condition. ...Read more