A discoloration of the eye whites can be caused by medical conditions, exposure to silver compounds and eye melanomas, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Discoloration can also be the result of medications such as prednisone, topical eye drops and antibiotics.Continue Reading
Yellowing of the eye whites is referred to as jaundice and is commonly caused by medical conditions that affect the liver, according to Healthline. Conditions such as alcoholism, liver infections, hepatitis and liver infections hinder liver function, which can lead to a build-up of liver bile within the body. Individuals with yellow eye whites due to excess bile may also experience symptoms of yellowed skin, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Liver bile build-up can also cause obstructions in the gallbladder. Additional symptoms of gallbladder obstruction include bloody stools, stomach discomfort, fever and chills.
Eye whites with a bluish tint can indicate osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital condition in which individuals develop weak bones, according to MedlinePlus. The condition is typically diagnosed in childhood. Additional symptoms include susceptibility to bone fractures, hearing difficulties and scoliosis of the spine. There is no cure for the condition, but symptoms can be managed with bone-strengthening drugs and surgical procedures. Complications of the condition include heart failure and respiratory issues.Learn more about Human Anatomy
Ways to care for a scratched cornea, or corneal abrasion, are to immediately rinse the eye, remove the irritant and promptly seek medical assistance, instructs the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The individual should follow the doctor-prescribed treatment, which may include antibiotic and steroid eye drops and patching.Full Answer >
During cosmetic eye color surgery, a folded artificial iris made of silicone is put through a cut in the cornea, states the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Once in place, the implant is unfolded and placed over the original iris, changing its color. As of March 2015, AAO does not recommend the procedure.Full Answer >
Depending on the cause, treatment for retinal swelling may include observation, eye drops, injections or surgery, according to Dr. John Kitchens on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart site. Possible causes of retinal swelling include diabetes, macular degeneration, vascular retinal occlusions and scar tissue on the retina.Full Answer >
Brown eyes are the most popular eye color in the world, in terms of prevalence. More than 55 percent of the world's population has brown eyes.Full Answer >