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One of my eyes has a sclera which is quite grey, and can…

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One of my eyes...

One of my eyes has a sclera which is quite grey, and can look very dark when I'm tired. I'm trying to understand if this a normal thing or if should be concerned

Doctor's Assistant: When was the last time you had your eyes checked? In general, how has your vision been lately?

I get my vision checked once every couple of years. I'm 5g and wear varifocal glasses. This eye has always been 'troublesome'. More likely to have blepheritis, dry eye etc and is astigmatic. The greyness is relatively new, and it aches occasionally too

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I only have one kidney (nephrectomy 10 years ago), but nothing new

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Eye Doctor: Dr. A.S. Desai, Ophthalmologist replied 3 months ago
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Hello,

Thank you for the question. I am Dr.A.S.Desai, certified ophthalmologist and I look forward to answering this question.

A recent change in the color of the sclera is not something which is normal but at the same time not necessarily something to be alarmed about.

It can occur either due to excessive pigmentation of the conjunctive( diffuse) or due to thinning of the sclera, oculodermal melanocytosis,due to certain eye drops, due to deposition of silver and so on. Most of these conditions are so rare that we seldom think about them at the outset.

if the greyish discoloration was not noted at the previous eye exams, then do make it a point to bring it to your ophthalmologist's notice at the next eye exam. Let him decide whether further investigations are needed or not, based on the eye exam. Until then do use artificial eye drops regularly for dry eyes.

Hope this helps you to take the right decision. Take care.

Do remember to rate this response positively with 5 stars, if it was up to your expectation/satisfaction. A positive rating is the only way to credit the expert for the advice given and for the time spent. Please feel free to ask follow up questions if any.

Regards

Dr.A.S.Desai

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