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Discoloration of sclera - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am female, 22 years old, and I have recently moved to xxx where I have been living for 2 months. I have noticed recently that part of the whites of my eyes have begun to turn a light yellowish color. I am quite confident that it is not jaundice. Could this be caused by my change in diet or something else?
Doctor :   The colour changes of the sclera(white part of the eye) can occur due to exposure to the dust and other
Doctor :   pollutants in the atmosphere.
Doctor :   It can also vary depending on the light in which
Doctor :   the eye is visualised.
Doctor :   Its difficult to clearly predict the colour of the sclera under artificial light.
Doctor :   A proper examination under bright sunlight is needed.
User :   Ok. So if it is caused by the pollutants here in China, when I return to the US, will my sclera return to a normal white color?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   As mentioned, its difficult to distinguish between a normal sclera and a yellow tinged sclera, and only a trained professional will be able to distinguish between them.
Doctor :   If its proved that it is infact yellowish discoloration,
Doctor :   then bilirubin levels have to be checked,
Doctor :   Apart from the jaundice, vitamin deficiency and environmental exposure can cause the discoloration.
Doctor :   Hence if you feel that there is discoloration, I would suggest these measures.
Doctor :   1. Report to a doctor- physician for physical examination
Doctor :   2. Evaluation of bilirubin levels are needed.
Doctor :   3. Vitamin rich food is necessary.
Doctor :   Have you followed with what I have suggested?
User :   Yes, thank you. If it is vitamin deficiency, what vitamins would you recommend that I boost?
Doctor :   Vitamin A deficiency is known to cause yellowish discoloration.
Doctor :   hence vitamin A rich supplements are necessary.

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