Christopher Jermak, MD
Location and Office HoursRetina Consultants of Western New York
531 Farber Lakes
Buffalo, NY 14221
- BC/BS of Western NY
- Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blue Choice)
- Independent Health
- Univera Healthcare South Tier/North AmeriCare
- Univera Healthcare WNY
- Kaleida Health Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital
What causes the whites of the eye to appear yellow?
The most common cause of a yellow cast to the whites of the eyes is thickening of the clear membrane (the bulbar conjunctiva) that covers the whites of the eyes. The name of such a thickening is pinguecula. Pingueculae form when the eye has been subjected to much ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, so ultraviolet-absorbing sunglasses are preventative. Less commonly, the entire white of the eye can become yellow in a person who has liver failure with an elevated level of a chemical called bilirubin in the blood.
How can I protect my eyes from the sun's harmful rays?
Ellen Marmur, MD, Dermatology, answered
Sunglasses = sunblock. Not only can a pair of shades look cool (the bigger and darker, the better!), but lenses that have "98-100% UV protection" help prevent skin cancer. If the sunglasses don't carry the American Optometric Association's Seal of Acceptance, have them tested at the store with a photometer that measures the lenses' UV protection. If the shades you like don't offer at least 98% protection, you can ask your optometrist to add a UV coating to the lenses.
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How is a pytergium diagnosed?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
A simple in-office visit using a slit lamp is usually all that's needed for your eye doctor to detect pytergium. Sometimes a doctor also needs to remove the lesion and have it examined.
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