Yellow eyes Jaundice. Various mechanisms result in jaundice. Most commonly obstruction bile flow is the cause. Here it is: 1- liver produces bile: part flows constantly into the duodenum, (small bowel) part is stored in the gallbladder. 2- if flow is obstructed it spills into the blood. The tissues become stained yellow (the color of bile) 3- the white sclera of the eyes shows it more easily and first.