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sclera is significantly dark why

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sclera is significantly dark why
Submitted: 5 years ago via HealthBoards.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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A common cause for your sclera to become dark, where it was once white, is a condition called scleromalacia

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The most common area for this to occur is in the 3 and 9 oclock positions on your eye as you look in a mirror. They are usually oblong shaped.

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Many times this condition can be seen in people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Normally it is nothing to be concerned about but it wouldn't hurt to ask your ophthalmologist about it during your next appointment.

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Here is a picture of a fairly large area of scleral thinning (scleromalacia):

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Does this make sense to you?

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.