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Why Is Ther A Gray Spot On My Eye
It is common.: The most common "grey spots" on the white of the eye are called pingueculae. These grey spots generally are nasal or temporal and are caused by "actinic degeneration"-- changes from being outdoors in the wind and sun. They can become inflamed and can grow onto the clear cornea and become pterygium, which could impact vision and require removal if they get close to the center of the cornea. ...Read more
Gray eye spot: The most common cause of a gray eye spot as we age is senile scleral plaques. They are benign and do not cause any problems. ...Read more
Normal variant: Need more info. How long has it been present? Getting bigger? Any vision changes? Most of the time these are not worrisome. Would need to see it to diagnose. ...Read more
Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Gray spot in vision right eye. 2 days ago the spot only flashed. Now, it is a spot that covers my vision. Retinal tear/detachment? Or more serious?
See an eye doctor: Many retinal diseases can be the cause of your symptom. You should see an eye doctor asap. ...Read more
My baby (33 mo.) has a slightly gray spot on her left eye. The spot is located on the upper right side of the sclera. The eye surface is smoothly.
Dermoid: This could be a congenital piece of tissue in the wrong place. You should see an ophthalmologist for proper evaluation. ...Read more
For a week now, I've had blurry vision in my left eye, and for a couple days now, there is a gray spot that I can't see past. Should I see a doctor?
Hi! So I have gray colored spots on the white of my eyes for a while now, how do I get rid of them?
Hi my 18month old daughter has a small grey area on the white part of her eyeball. Its not a spot more a patch + can only be seen when she looks up?
Mgt/ workup: Usually this represents an increased area of pigmentation. If she is otherwise well and seems to respond to light, I would suggest a follow up visit with your PCP. ...Read more
My son is 2years old and has these grey spot in the white of his eyeball. His vision is normal, & hasn't complained of his eyes. Is it normal?
May be normal: It could be something called melanocytosis, which is usually benign and there since birth. To be sure, you could take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist (eye doctor). ...Read more
I got hit in the eye with a volleyball and now I have a grey spot in my peripheral. Should I be worried?
See a doctor today: There can be different reasons for the spot in your vision, such as inflammation and swelling in the front or back of the eye, a retinal problem, as well as others. This is not something that you should try to let resolve itself. See an eye doctor immediately; they can properly diagnose and treat your vision very rapidly. ...Read more
I have a bit of a fuzzy spot in my eye near my iris ib botheyes. Does not affect my vision. Kind of greyish fuzzy looking. What are they?
Pinguecula: Your question does not provide enough details to be sure what you are asking. If the fuzzy spot is on the white of the eye on the nose side of what appears to be the iris, then the likelihood is that these are pinguecula. Pinguecula are a benign change in the conjunctiva most likely related to dryness and pollution. ...Read more
There is a dark grey irregular shaped spot on the white portion of my baby girl's eyeball (8 months old), what's that? Is it going to go away later?
Normal: Many people brown or gray spots on the white part of the eye called the sclera. It is pretty common. This is scleral melanocytosis. It is not harmful and treatment is usually considered cosmetic. ...Read more
Could be: It could be, although there are other possible explanations. You need to see your ophthalmologist to be sure. ...Read more
I keep on seeing a floater in my one eye, like a grey spot that moving, and lately is see like a shooting star. .. What can this be?
Particle in vitreous:
Almost all people have some floaters. These may be remnants of blood vessels from the time of development of the eye. If you get new floaters it would be imperative to see an ophthalmologist.
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Helppp... My left eye has been irritated for two days now... I noticed white/gray spots on my iris near my pupil and the white part of my eye is pink.
Our daughter is 4 yr & developed white/grey spot circling her cornea the last 4 days. 1st it was on rt eye and now lft eye too. Help concerned parents?
Tiny grey spot at the end of blood vessel in eye and discolored patch with a tinge of yellowish brown on my sclera. Eyes were irritated with sunblock?
Our son had a bad headach forseveral days then he got grayish black spots in his eyes. The headaches are gone but his eyes are still discolored?
Spots on the outside: Spots on the outside of the eyes (where other people can see them), can be inflammation in the conjunctiva or in the eye lids. It can be the eyes reacting to bacteria or viruses (as in pink-eye), to pollen or rubbing (as in allergies), to some medications, to excessive crying, etc... A pediatrician or other primary care doctor can check, and refer to an eye doctor if needed. ...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
Probably normal: Grey spots on the sclera (white of the eye) are usually areas of thinning of the eye wall, which is common with age. This thinning allows the pigmented tissues beneath the sclera to show through, which gives this grey appearance. However, areas of increased pigmentation (usually brown or black) can indicate a risk for cancer or pre-cancer on the surface of the eye, so get an eye exam to be sure. ...Read more
Common enough and is called scleral melanocytosis
the melanocytes are the skin cells that add color to the skin and this can happen in the eyes also
see an opthalmologist if you are concerned, but is not a problem ...Read more
Likely normal: This may be what is called the nevus of ota. But have it confirmed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
My 5 year old has dark spots in the white of her eye they seem to be grey and blackish color and round. What could this be?
Usually normal: They are usually a normal occurrence from development and considered normal. Rarely they are something else. An ophthalmologist can differentiate. ...Read more
My 2 year old has 2-3 small grey/blue spots on his sclera in both eyes since born, will he grow out of it? Was told common and ok, but I worry
My boyfriend has grey spots in the whites of his eyes he's had these all his life but we are curious as to what they might be?
Choroidal Veins: Discoloration of the sclera (whites of the eyes), is usually due to the underlying choroidal veins which can show through. It may sometimes be associated with a genetic disorder of collagen formation, but not always. Might want to discuss with his doc regarding any other signs/symptoms of possible collagen formation disorder. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for using Healthtap. Dr R ...Read more
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