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Do the eyes of geriatric patients turn paler in color?
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Possible
There can be some change towards lighter iris color in the elderly.
Also, corneal changes called arcus senilis can make the outer portion of the iris appear to be getting lighter colored or white in appearance to a casual observer. None of these changes affect the patient's vision.

In brief: Possible
There can be some change towards lighter iris color in the elderly.
Also, corneal changes called arcus senilis can make the outer portion of the iris appear to be getting lighter colored or white in appearance to a casual observer. None of these changes affect the patient's vision.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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Dr. Clement Cheng
Certain things such as surgical trauma and past infections or inflammation can cause iris atrophy and a more lighter appearing iris. Other diseases such as iris nodules and abnormal growths in the area can cause a more darker appearing iris. Finally corneal swelling from a variety of causes can cause a lighter appearing iris.
Dr. Alan Westeren
Changes in iris color should be evaluated by an Eye MD to determine cause of changes. Inflammatory, infectious, traumatic, degenerative, autoimmune, and endocrine diseases may all cause iris and corneal changes which may alter eye color appearance.
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology
In brief: They may seem to
It is possible that aging can cause a reduction of the pigmented cells of the iris, making the color of the eye appear to fade over time.
However, more often, the cornea (window) of the eye can become partially opaque, especially at the edges, and make the pigmented structures of the eye behind it appear paler. Most of the time nothing to worry about!

In brief: They may seem to
It is possible that aging can cause a reduction of the pigmented cells of the iris, making the color of the eye appear to fade over time.
However, more often, the cornea (window) of the eye can become partially opaque, especially at the edges, and make the pigmented structures of the eye behind it appear paler. Most of the time nothing to worry about!
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
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