The white portion of the eye is called the sclera, and healthy eye tissue should always appear white in color. There are multiple conditions that could cause the eyes, and even the skin around the eyes, to turn yellow. This is typically an indication of a dysfunctional liver, gallbladder or pancreas, but other instances could be much more complex.
Yellow eyes can be an indication that the liver isn’t functioning the way it should. For example, alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and liver cancer can all cause cirrhosis, and in turn yellow eyes.
The liver produces bile that is then collected into the gallbladder. If the bile ducts become blocked, a person can experience jaundice.
Yellowing eyes can be an indication of jaundice, which occurs when the oxygen-carrying components in the blood are broken down and not cleared the way they should be.
Blood disorders can also cause yellow eyes, too. Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia, incompatibility reaction from a blood transfusion and sickle cell anemia can cause yellow eyes.
If you have yellow eyes, the best thing to do is visit your doctor and not self-diagnose. Keep in mind, there are many myths about what can cause yellow eyes. Foods can affect the color of skin, but they should not cause yellow eyes. To schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our doctors, contact Palm Beach Eye Center today.