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what causes the white part of your eyes to turn yellow?

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Why do I have yellow on the white part of my eyes?
I have had this for years..it never goes away people ask me all the time why are my eyes yellow it's not getting better or going away...it looks bad...I can't see a eye doc or a doc I have no Inc. or medical...so it's hard to have it looked at...thank you for helping..

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asked May 16, 2017 in Health by Ross

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The yellowing of the eyes is typically a sign of a serious disease that should not be ignored. You should seek help from a doctor immediately for a diagnosis and any necessary treatments. Yellow eyes have way too many different causes that it would be difficult to speculate them all here, but I hope I can provide helpful information on the major ones. Until proven otherwise, your yellow eyes are a sign that you have elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood called jaundice. Jaundice is a sign of many possible liver problems that can cause it to function incorrectly. Alcoholism most commonly causes cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). Another cause is hepatitis, which is inflammation of the liver that results in its decreased function. You did not mention any other symptoms. If you have had yellow eyes for so long but no other health problems, you may have a mild liver condition called Gilbert's syndrome. Gilbert's syndrome results in your liver not properly processing bilirubin, but it is harmless. Besides liver dysfunction, other major causes of yellow eyes include a blockage to bile flow (i.e., gallstones) and increased breakdown of red blood cells. A commonly seen red blood cell disease that can give you yellow eyes is sickle cell anemia. These are only some of the many causes. Again, please discuss your concerns with your doctor who can perform a complete physical examination and order blood work to check your liver and kidney function, your bilirubin level, blood counts, and evidence of breakdown of red blood cells. Good luck.
answered May 16, 2017 by Demon
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Eyes are yellow because of more amount of bilirubin in our body, or rarely because of bacterial infection leptospirosis. Sometimes resolving subconjuncitval haemorrhage also resembles yellow eye. Also pinguecula and pterygium cause focal yellowish coloration.
answered May 16, 2017 by ALBERT
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What Does it Mean When the White of Your Eye is Yellow?
Your eyes are not just the windows to your soul; they can also be a reflection of your health. Similar to how you can look through the window of someone’s home and get a sense of what’s inside that home, the sclera (or the white of your eye) gives a glimpse of your overall health. Eyes vary in shape and size and the iris varies in color; however, the sclera is usually white. When it’s not, it may be a sign that something is wrong in your health.
Yellow is seen as a happy color. It is the color of the sun and of beautiful sun flowers. It is a cause for concern, however, when the whites of your eyes are yellow. It’s not a color we would associate with healthy eyes. In fact, the yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice) is a sign that you may have serious problems with your pancreas, gallbladder or liver. Three conditions that may cause yellowing eyes and skin are:

Acute Pancreatitis
Your pancreas creates the enzymes that help you digest food and the hormones that help your body process sugar. The enzymes become active once they get to the small intestines. If they become active in the pancreas instead, you will experience swelling, bleeding and pain. Acute pancreatitis happens out of the blue and can last for days. It causes damage to the blood vessels in the pancreas. One of the major signs of acute pancreatitis is that your skin and eyes become yellow.
 
Gallstones
Your gall bladder houses bile, the digestive fluid made by your liver. Bile usually breaks down the cholesterol that comes from your liver. If your liver is releasing more cholesterol than bile can break down, hard stones are formed. This is just one of the ways gallstones are created. The symptoms include pain, vomiting and jaundice. 

Alcoholic Hepatitis
Drinking too much alcohol can damage your liver. You see, when you drink, your liver has to break down the alcohol. When it is broken down, it produces dangerous chemicals in the body that can damage the liver. This results in inflammation and alcoholic hepatitis. Genetics can also cause this condition as it can affect how your body processes alcohol. It’s important to stop drinking if you have this condition.
Listen to what your eyes are saying and let them be your guide. Be sure that you are getting regular eye exams. And remember, yellowing eyes and skin are normally an indication that there is something wrong with your liver, pancreas or gall bladder. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to contact a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

answered May 16, 2017 by Sushilove

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