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I am 68 and my iris is dark, but now, the circumference of

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I am 68 and my...
I am 68 and my iris is dark brown, but now, the circumference of the iris is a gray tone. What is the medical term for this and is there a vitamin or other substance that will
help bring the color back?
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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

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Good news....this is nothing to worry about.

Dr. Rick :

It is called arcus senilis and is a very common condition in folks your age.

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In young patients it can sometimes be a sign of elevated blood cholesterol and may prompt the ophthalmologist to do some blood tests. In people over 50ish, however, no workup is needed.

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What causes it? It is from a slow, lifelong buildup of fatty material (cholesterol and phospholipids) the the stroma (meat) of the clear part of your eye (cornea). It will not affect your vision, it does not need any treatment and it will not go away.

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here is a good article on the topic:

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Eye Doctor: Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD replied 6 years ago
Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.
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To more directly address your question:
There is no dietary aid, no eye drop, no herb, no nothing that will affect this condition in any way, shape or form. Anybody or anything that tells you otherwise is just trying to relieve you of some cash and your children of their inheritance. ;o)
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