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What causes yellowish discoloration of eyes?

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Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2015
Question: My eyes color look yellowish for few years. I don't think its jaundice, because I don't feel tired, nails color is also not pale.
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Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
it could be normal

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

Yellowish discolouration of eyes can be normal in some individuals. Chronic exposure to dust and environmental pollutants make the sclera or the covering of the eye to look dull and yellowish due to the deposition of these pollutants.

It also depends on how you observe the eye whether it is in daylight or incandescent light.

If you have no specific symptoms, then you can safely ignore this finding.

Frequent washing of eyes or using artificial tears like refresh tears or add tears often can prevent this from progressing further.

You can also use sunglasses and plain glasses to prevent exposure of your eyes to the dust and environmental pollution.

Let me know if you have any specific queries related to the same.

Regards,


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Brief Answer: it could be normal Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Yellowish discolouration of eyes can be normal in some individuals. Chronic exposure to dust and environmental pollutants make the sclera or the covering of the eye to look dull and yellowish due to the deposition of these pollutants. It also depends on how you observe the eye whether it is in daylight or incandescent light. If you have no specific symptoms, then you can safely ignore this finding. Frequent washing of eyes or using artificial tears like refresh tears or add tears often can prevent this from progressing further. You can also use sunglasses and plain glasses to prevent exposure of your eyes to the dust and environmental pollution. Let me know if you have any specific queries related to the same. Regards,