How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr PG M.D. Your Own Question

Dr PG M.D.
Dr PG M.D., Doctor
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 2337
Experience:  MBBS, MD, MS
Type Your Health Question Here...
Dr PG M.D. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I noticed a blueish ring in the outside whites of my eyes..iris

Customer Question

A few months ago, I noticed a blueish ring in the outside whites of my eyes. It's quite prominant and was never there before; also it is not anywhere near my iris. What is it??
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Susan Ivy replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

 

Thank you for writing JA with your finding.

 

This is actually known as corneal arcus. It is normal in the elderly. In a person as young as you this may indicate a lipid disorder. It is possible that it is a benighn disorder, but you will need to have a blood sample drawn to check for a lipid disorder.

 

If you have a lipid disorder it means your body is not be processing lipids (fats) correctly. This would likely be due to genetics at your age, meaning that you have this as an inherited disorder. You will need to see your physician for testing. Luckily there is treatment for this, which is medications, anti-lipid or anticholesterol medications, as well as monitoring the fats in the diet.

 

If you have questions or comments please reply so that I or another expert can address them.

 

 

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
The Blue ring is NOT in my iris. Corneal arcus is located right near the iris or in it.
Expert:  Susan Ivy replied 5 years ago.

Have you already seen a physician for this? There is no otherwise documentation of a blue ring in the eye in the literature. This is very unusual. If you have a picture send it in.

 

Hopefully this is a benign problem, but it is close enough to corneal arcus to be a possibility so I'd certainly recommend getting lipids drawn, and if that is not a problem see an opthamologist to rule out other problems.

 

I'll forward this to our opthamologist so that in case he is aware of something like this he can write to you about it.

Expert:  Dr PG M.D. replied 5 years ago.
<p>Hi,</p><p>    I am an Ophthalmologist.</p><p>WHat you are describing is called arcus juvinellis. In older age a ring is formed near the white portion i.e. in the periphery of the cornea (black portion of eye). It is not near the irirs. But this is in older age. Rarely in young patients a similar ring might develop called arcus juvinellis. It is harmless.</p><p>The other possibility is Wilson's disease. In this there are copper deposits on the cornea in the same fashion. But in Wilson's disease other symptoms like jaundice, dizziness, bleeding disorders should also be present. </p><p>If you are not aving any other symptoms, then no need to worry, arcus juvenilles is harmless.</p><p>Regards</p>
Dr PG M.D., Doctor
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 2337
Experience: MBBS, MD, MS
Dr PG M.D. and 6 other Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/NU/nursescare4u/2013-3-31_03429_JApic.64x64.jpg Nurse Milli, RN's Avatar

    Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    102
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    5622
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drphophalia/2007-08-23_095626_dr._arun_phophalia.jpg Dr. Arun Phophalia's Avatar

    Dr. Arun Phophalia

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    17025
    MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VA/VANP/2012-6-6_235535_Skye2.64x64.jpg A. Schuyler, NP's Avatar

    A. Schuyler, NP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Satisfied Customers:

    12170
    Board Certified NP, MS, RN. Private practice & hospitalist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    10029
    Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neurosurg/2009-10-06_120923_profile.jpg Dr. Mark's Avatar

    Dr. Mark

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6234
    U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery