• How to Get Rid of Yellow Eyes

How to Get Rid of Yellow Eyes

Why are my eyes yel­low?” is one of the more alarm­ing ques­tions you would ask your­self in front of the bath­room mir­ror one morn­ing.

Yel­low eyes, or more accu­rate­ly yel­lowed scle­ra (the white sur­face of the eye­ball) isn’t unusu­al, but it does indi­cate a health issue you need to address.

Why are My Eyes Yellow All of a Sudden?

Most peo­ple will rec­og­nize that yel­low eyes is a sign of jaun­dice and it can appear all of a sud­den, although it’s usu­al­ly more grad­ual.

Jaun­dice occurs when the body is unable to remove biliru­bin, a sub­stance that forms as the body breaks down hemo­glo­bin pro­tein in old red blood cells. Nor­mal­ly, the liv­er takes care of biliru­bin by mix­ing it with bile to store in the gall­blad­der. From there, it trav­els to the small intestines to help digest fats.

Some­times, too much biliru­bin builds up in the body. Gall­stones form in the gall­blad­der when there is too much biliru­bin in it. Jaun­dice is a com­mon symp­tom of liv­er dis­eases includ­ing malar­ia, hepati­tis, cir­rho­sis, or can­cer of the gall­blad­der or pan­creas, an organ essen­tial to dis­solv­ing fats.

Here are oth­er instances that can trig­ger jaun­dice:

  • Med­ica­tions: peni­cillin, steroids, aceta­minophen, and even birth con­trol pills are linked to liv­er dis­ease
  • Reac­tion to a blood trans­fu­sion
  • Hemolyt­ic ane­mia, in which too many blood cells are destroyed, usu­al­ly caused by cer­tain autoim­mune dis­eases, med­ica­tions, or liv­er prob­lems
  • Genet­ic (inher­it­ed) dis­eases like Gilbert’s Syn­drome, which affects the liver’s abil­i­ty to process biliru­bin
  • A block­age in or injury to an inter­nal organ

Some new­borns are born with jaun­dice or devel­op it short­ly after birth. Although they won’t notice it, their par­ents will. They shouldn’t pan­ic. Neona­tal jaun­dice is pret­ty com­mon and treat­ed by speed­ing up the feed­ing and diges­tive process to release excess biliru­bin. It also helps to spend some time in fil­tered sun­light, like in front of a win­dow on a sun­ny day. Many hos­pi­tals have spe­cial­ly-light­ed cribs to quick­ly treat infants with jaun­dice.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Eyes?

You should get your yel­low eyes exam­ined by your doc­tor, who will order blood tests to deter­mine why you have jaun­dice.

Jaun­dice is a symp­tom of oth­er dis­eases and con­di­tions. Treat­ing it means address­ing the under­ly­ing cause. In some cas­es, surgery is nec­es­sary and will clear up those yel­lowed eyes and oth­er symp­toms. For exam­ple, gall­blad­der dis­ease is rarely treat­able; an inflamed gall­blad­der usu­al­ly needs to be removed. Once it’s gone, jaun­dice goes away. Sim­i­lar­ly, surgery to open a blocked bile duct will relieve jaun­dice.

Most hepati­tis is caused by a virus. Treat­ing it clears up jaun­dice once the virus is cleared from the body.
Hepati­tis can be also be cured with anti­fun­gals or antibi­otics, depend­ing on the cause. Even liv­er dis­eases like cir­rho­sis can be man­aged by address­ing alco­hol abuse (although not all cas­es are caused by that) and stan­dard dis­ease treat­ments.

Diet can also alle­vi­ate jaun­dice and yel­low eyes. Put more healthy foods in your diet, includ­ing veg­eta­bles, fruits, whole grains, beans, and legumes. Foods that are high in fiber are great to aid diges­tion and help move biliru­bin out of the body. If you like meat, eat lean­er cuts. Try to fill up more on these foods — you’ll find that they will leave you feel­ing full for longer peri­ods of time.

Put more healthy foods

Pay atten­tion to what you drink, too.

  • Drink­ing more water helps the liv­er clean out biliru­bin and tox­ins.
  • Mod­er­ate cof­fee con­sump­tion low­ers the risk for cir­rho­sis and reduc­ing the lev­el of harm­ful enzymes.
  • Herbal teas do the same minus the caf­feine

Take a look at our oth­er blog arti­cles to learn more about eye health.

February 11th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Get Rid of Yellow Eyes

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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