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The Whites Of My Eyes Are Brown
What can I do if my eyes are brown, but a grey area is forming around the top. What could be causing this?
High cholesterol: This may arcus which are cholesterol deposits in the peripheral cornea. Get your cholesterol checked. ...Read more
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
I have a discoloration in the whites of my eyes. It's on the outer corners and has been there for a while now. It's a brownish yellowish color and is worse in the right eye. Is this normal? Is this something I should see a medical doctor for or should I s
Scleral icterus: Whites of eyes aren't always white in everyone. Scleral icterus is yellowing of whites of eyes and can be a sign of liver problems, especially if you notice jaundice (yellow-tinged skin), cola-colored urine and/or clay-colored stool. Good idea to discuss concerns w/your Family Doc especially if you have 2 or more of above, or change from baseline. ...Read more
"My eyes are losing color....I have crescent shaped grayish/white spots on the tops of both eyes (my eyes are brown).?
Corneal arcus: In many, over the years, lipid seeps out of the blood and collects at the edge of the cornea as an arc. This is totally benign and is a surface change. The iris, which provides the basic color to the eye, is inside the eye and is not affected by this although it is underneath. ...Read more
The whites of my eyes seem to be a light brown/yellow in colour, bloodshot too. What could this mean? No yellow pigmentation of skin or pain however
Maybe normal: This may be what we call normal or physiologic. Pigmentation depends on a lot of different things. Sometimes we see yellow of the eyes in people who have liver problems. I'm uncertain this is what your problem is. You can discuss this with your physician. ...Read more
Conjunctival pigment: Pigment on the conjunctiva (the tissue that covers the white of the eye) is very common in people who are have more darkly pigmented skin. These brown spots are totally benign. If you are caucasian with a fair complexion, you should have the pigment spots evaluated by a medical eye doctor. ...Read more
No: Eye color is established at a very young age and only slightly changes as the iris pigmentation slightly atrophies. Certain eye medication for Glaucoma can affect eye color. The most common method is using colored contact lenses to temporarily change the iris appearance. If you're motivated to try contacts, make an appointment to see a eye doctor who can fit them to your eyes. ...Read more
Genetics/Aging: People of darker skin, asians, hispanics and especially blacks can sometime gain what we sometimes call 'racial melanosis, ' as we get older. Pinguecula, usually not described as brown, is a degeneration from sun exposure. Sometimes you can get nevus, a freckle. Rarely, one can get conjunctival melanoma. Best to let your eyemd examine you to get an accurate answer. ...Read more
Probably not: This is most likely a deposit of lipid term 'corneal arcus'. It is benign and will not affect the vision. If the eye is red, painful, or the vision is changing rapidly, - there are some pathologic changes that can occur in this part of the cornea which will appear like a blue ring. These are rare but will need an ophthalmologist to look at them. ...Read more
Eye pigmentation?: If you are referring to pigmentation of the white of the eye (conjunctiva or sclera), this is common with aging especially in people with more pigmentation in general (asian, african, etc.) often the white of the eye will take on a "muddy" appearance. Sometimes this is worse with environmental exposure. In caucasians, a new pigmented spot on the eye could be pre-cancerous, so get it checked. ...Read more
Ring around eye: This is probably an Arcus. It appears to surround the colored part of the eye. It's actually in the cornea. It is usually gray color, but may appear bluish. It is perfectly benign. In a younger person it is a good idea to have a cholesterol test, since it is fatty degeneration. Sometimes it is familial. It does not effect vision or cause any ocular problems. ...Read more
Eye lightening: There is no permanent way currently to lighten dark colored eyes. There are investigational lasers currently undergoing trials. You could always consider a prescription cosmetic colored contact lens....these are available in a wide variety of colors ...Read more
Melanosis: The most common cause of something like this would be what we call racial melanosis. This is a just an increase in some of the pigmented cells on the surface of eye. It's almost always benign but can rarely turn into something more concerning. I would have an exam periodically. ...Read more
Genetics: Your parents each passed a recessive set of genes to you and you don't produce much melanin-- hence your eyes are blue. ...Read more
No: The bluish ring is usually a intra corneal cholesterol deposit known as arcus senilis. It may indicate an increased cholesterol and your doctor should check that. The other ring that is rarely seen is a kaiser-flescher ring seen if patients with a problem with copper metabolism (wilson's disease). ...Read more
They don't: It is likely that you have eyes that are a mixture of colors. The color that they seem to be has a lot to do with what clothes you wear. ...Read more
White eyes: I agree with dr. Hill. I would only add that there is no recommended treatment to "whiten" the eyes. ...Read more
? corneal arcus: If you are referring to the "blue ring" around the peripheral cornea, this is called corneal arcus--represents cholesterol deposition from the limbal blood vessels that normally appears in people over 40. More often visible in brown colored irises due to darker background. If you are younger than 40 and are noticing arcus, an examination by an Eye MD to verify & check lipid profile important. ...Read more
Cholesterol: You may have high cholesterol and /or triglyceride levels that result in this blue halo appearance of your cornea, but only a blood test for these could tell you for sure. This deposition however is normal usually particularly if you are female or males over 40 years old. In darker races with brown eyes, it appears more whitish- blue and is easier to see. ...Read more
Arcus: This is due to cholesterol deposits in your cornea. You need to get your cholesterol checked. ...Read more
An exam can tell: It is hard to say what this is without an eye examination, but there are a number of normal variations in the coloration or the eye, iris, cornea, conjunctiva, and sclera of the the eye. Sometimes these are noticed coincidentally when looking closely at the eye in a mirror for another reason and may have been already present. Some change normally over time, but a sudden change should be checked. ...Read more
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