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What Makes Your Eyes Turn Yellow
Yellow eyes: A small patch of yellow that next the colored part is likely a pinguecula, a benign lesion caused by sun exposure. Overall yellow color to the white part of the eye may represent jaundice and needs to evaluated by a primary care physician as to the cause, some of which are life-threatening.
Doubtful: Smoking in general causes ocular irritation and redness. Yellow coloration in the eyes is most seriously from liver disease (jaundice), but some people will get yellowish patches on the whites of their eyes called pinguecula, which are harmless. They mainly come from exposure to sunlight and wind and dust.
Yellow eyes: Jaundice is a result of elevated bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. Bilirubin is yellow. If the liver is not working well, bilirubin (yellow in color) accumulates in the blood and can be seen in the whites of the eyes. Call your primary doctor for a complete physical and testing.See 1 more doctor answer
Possible liver issue: While nutritional deficiencies or systemic toxicities can cause the eye to appear yellow and discolored, one must rule out liver abnormalities. A blood test can determine if this is the cause and your primary medical provider can help you with this.
See below: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you.
See a doctor: Yellow eyes can be due to liver disease (scleral icterus). You can also have small growths that form on the eyes at 3 and 9 o'clock if you look at the eye that are due to sunlight exposure called pinguecula. If the entire whites of your eyes are yellow, and you have any other symptoms, you should see your primary care physician.See 1 more doctor answer
Degenerations???: True "yellow" eyes (sclera) need to be assessed for systemic jaundice which signifies liver disease ; need for medical evaluation. More commonly, a yellowish spot in the horizontal area is an actinic degeneration known as a pinguecula...Also pterygium, any eye care physician could quickly determine this with exam.
Flashes: Sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous (jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; when it pills away, it causes flashes. You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment.See 1 more doctor answer
Liver evaluation: You should consult an liver specialist or internal medicine expert to r/o liver disease.
Could be jaundice: You should be evaluated by your primary care doctor who would order liver blood-work. There could be an underlying liver disorder causing your yellow eyes.
Pinguecula: Due to sun uv exposure from childhood just about everyone gets changes of the collagen fibers near the cornea into elastic tissue which is yellowish. They are called pinguecula and by itself they are nothing to worry about. Protect your eyes with 100% uv block sun glasses so they do not get inflamed & progress to pterygium (growth over cornea). Get your eyes examined by an eye md every 4 years.
Blepharitis: Inflammation of glands can cause such symptoms. Use warm compress to wipe and scrub the affected eyelids daily. In severe cases you may need antibiotics.
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