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What does it mean when the white part of my eye turns brown?

What does it mean when the white part of my eye turns brown?

Nothing: Just like skin; parts of your white (sclera) may be a little brownish due to excessive melanosis or nevi. This is more common in dark skinned races. All of the white part may turn yellowish but never brown. Yellowish may be due to liver disease or hereditary anemias. See your family doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the white part of the eye is brownish?

What does it mean when the white part of the eye is brownish?

Depends which part: Brown areas on the eye can be benign or suspicious for malignancy. Any new dark or brown areas of the eye should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What does a brown spot on my white part of the eye mean?

What does a brown spot on my white part of the eye mean?

A nevus: Most of these are benign, but should be monitored for growth and / or increased pigmentation. Surgical excision would then be recommended. ...Read more

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What might the light brown spot on my baby's white part of the eye be?

What might the light brown spot on my baby's white part of the eye be?

Depends: It could simply be an area of increased pigmentation, like a freckle. I would recommend having your child examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist to be sure. ...Read more

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What are some ways to remove eye nevus, conjuntival nevi, brown pigment on the white part of the eye?

What are some ways to remove eye nevus, conjuntival nevi, brown pigment on the white part of the eye?

See a specialist: First to determine if you have a nevus. Then ask them. They will know. ...Read more

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How does the white part of the eye heal when it's been scratched and bleeding?

How does the white part of the eye heal when it's been scratched and bleeding?

Usually well ; fast: The white part of the eyeball, or 'sclera, ' and is covered by a transparent mucous membrane, 'conjunctiva.' when there is a small injury to this area form scratching, it usually heals well and fast on it's own. If there is even a remote chance that the eye wall was penetrated or cut deep, then it is very important to get an ophthalmologist to examine the eye. It may be more serious than it seems. ...Read more

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I'm having a swollen white part of the eye, it has come out and I cannot shut the eye properly.

Eye problem: You MUST see an eye specialist as soon as possible.

At age of 6 I broke 5 pair of glasses and have been taking new glasses for quite some time. Right now at age 72 I can only see out of my left eye but that seems to work.
Remember the time period from 18 to 72 is a big change and your need for eye care will be fine.

Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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6days old baby with light yellowish on the white part of the eye and on skin...What to do? Is it normal?

6days old baby with light yellowish on the white part of the eye and on skin...What to do? Is it normal?

Neonatal jaundice: Could be neonatal jaundice. This is of variable severity but should be seen right away by your pediatrician to see if there is a problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a spot on the white part of my eyeball (unsure of the name for the white part of the eye) cont. Below?

What to do if I have a spot on the white part of my eyeball (unsure of the name for the white part of the eye) cont. Below?

Pinguecula: Sounds like 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. Sometimes you do not notice them until there is inflammation causing a red background making the white spot (s) more noticeable. ...Read more

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My daughter poked herself on her eye (i don't know what with) she now has a red dot this is located on the white part of the eye?

My daughter poked herself on her eye (i don't know what with) she now has a red dot this is located on the white part of the eye?

Broken blood vessel: It may have caused a broken blood vessel on the surface of the eye. These are similar to a bruise and will go away on their own. If there is a lot of tearing or irritation, she should see a doctor to make sure there isn't a scratch or infection. ...Read more

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Red raised bubble in my 5 year olds white part of the eye.?

Red raised bubble in my 5 year olds white part of the eye.?

See an eye doctor: There are several causes for elevated skin on the white of the eye. The most common condition is a cyst - a fluid-filled "sac" under the skin that can arise from a previous scratch on the eye, eye rubbing, allergies or other causes. Firm cysts can be present from birth and should be evaluated. The vast majority of these are benign, but it should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Are eye melanomas more common in the iris or the white part of the eye?

Are eye melanomas more common in the iris or the white part of the eye?

Neither: They are in the back of the eye in the retina.
This is not an area that is easily seen. ...Read more

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What will cause the white of your eye to get a yellow film the corner of the eye has a patch of yellow on the white part of the eye it looks like you could wipe it away but you cant

What will cause the white of your eye to get a yellow film the corner of the eye has a patch of yellow on the white part of the eye it looks like you could wipe it away but you cant

This: This is mostly likely a pinqueculum which can occur because of dryness or the effect of uv light from the sun. It is not a reason for concern, but wearing uv protective sunglasses and using tears four times a day should prevent it from worsening. ...Read more

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Why does my 4 yr old daughter have red on her white part of the eye? Is this serious? Should I take her to the ER?? I need help

Depends: A tiny broken capillary from minor trauma (rubbing) could leave a red stain that lasts days. The whiteness stays so because there are few blood vessels that would carry the stain away quickly. If the kid has no pain, acts & plays normally, you can watch it. If the kid has been around flying debris (a grinder), has pain, is restless, etc. It would be a good idea to have it looked at. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, my friend hit me by mistake on my right eye and after few hrs the white part of the eye started to turn in red colour (blood like)?

Dear doctor, my friend hit me by mistake on my right eye and after few hrs the white part of the eye started to turn in red colour (blood like)?

Use a cool compress: No ice. If you were hit hard, you need to see your eye doctor to make sure everything is okay, and no injury to your iris, trabecular meshwork (drains the aqueous fluid out, and can increase intraocular pressure if it's blocked). If unsure, go see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter white part of the eye isn't white like other people her eye is kind of pink, red vein is visible and a bit of grey. Is this cause by laptop.

My daughter white part of the eye isn't white like other people her eye is kind of pink, red vein is visible and a bit of grey. Is this cause by laptop.

Probably not: There is great variability to the "white" porion of the eyes surface. Some people have thinner sclera resulting in a grey or bluish color. Some people have prominent blood vessel that cause the sy=urface to look red-- this is normal. Other causes can be allergic or dryness. Sometimes prolonged computer use can cause the eye surface to dry out due to decreased blinking. Artificial tear supple. ...Read more

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My mom white part of the eye look yellow. Taken medication & vomiting everything out. Feeling weakwhat can that be?

My mom white part of the eye look yellow. Taken medication & vomiting everything out. Feeling weakwhat can that be?

Yellow eyes: In darker-skinned people, there is sometimes pigment contained within the conjunctiva (clear, vascular layer of the eye covering the white) that can make the white look yellow. This is normal. In certain liver diseases, a condition called jaundice causes the eye whites to appear yellow. This isn't normal and should be addressed by a doctor. It sounds like your mom should definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Which part of the eye focuses light on the retina?

Which part of the eye focuses light on the retina?

See below: The cornea (front window of the eye) focuses most of the light that enters the eye, and then the lens inside the eye focuses the rest before the light hits the retinal surface. Your lens can accommodate, allowing you to focus light at distance or near depending on what you are looking at. ...Read more