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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery/ congenital: I am assuming you do not mean the pupil which is the hole in the center of the iris that allows light to enter the eye. The usual cause is eye surgery. Holes or openings are made in the iris to treat or prevent certain conditions such as narrow angle glaucoma. Some people are born with defects in the iris called coloboma. Injuries can also cause iris problems. ...Read more
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
If you were to blow too hard when useing the frenzel maneuver to clear your ears could it cause damage to the eye resulting in a change in iris color?
No: Your iris cannot change color that way! it is possible to pop a blood vessel in the white area though. This would cause a red spot there. ...Read more
Rare: Even when there is inflammation inside the eye (uveitis) rarely does the iris swell. Uveitis, also called iritis, can be related to intestinal and rheumatic conditions as underlying illness. When that occurs the iris can get stuck to the lens inside the eye and cause problems which the ophthalmologist need to treat, - sometimes on an emergency basis. ...Read more
Iris: No, they should not cause concern, especially if there is no change in the specks over time. If, however change in the "specks" is noted consult your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Usually: Different coloration patterns around one or both irises can mean different things. Always best to see your ophthalmologist or eye care specialist. However, a common pattern called "arcus" is a white to gray and sometimes bluish ring at the edge of the cornea (in front of the iris) which represents lipid deposits. If new or changing, a good idea would be to check a lipid/cholesterol panel of labs. ...Read more
Spot on iris?: The iris is inside the eye and surface anatomical aspects will not be affected by anything you do. But the spot, if new, might be a corneal ulcer which will look superimposed on the iris. This needs treatment so if this is the case, especially if the eye is red and/or painful, then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
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