Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors
"What does it mean if the whites of my eyes are turning yellow?"
Also have been getting cysts all over the body and darkened gums.
When your eyes develop a yellowish appearance, it might be a sign of a serious disease that should not be ignored. Yellow eyes in particular have a lot of different causes. You should seek help initially from a primary care doctor for a diagnosis and any necessary treatments. Some people refer to yellowish eyes as "looking jaundice." Jaundice is a result of a yellowing of the sclera (the white part of your eye) from a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Jaundice is a sign of many possible liver problems. The two major causes are liver dysfunction and issues with the breakdown of the red blood cells. Alcoholism most commonly causes cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). Another cause is hepatitis, or an inflammation of the liver that results in its decreased function. Besides liver dysfunction, other major causes of yellow eyes include a blockage to bile flow (i.e., gallstones) and increased breakdown of red blood cells. A commonly seen red blood cell disease that can give you yellow eyes is sickle cell anemia. These are only some of the many causes. I recommend that you discuss your concerns with your doctor who can perform a complete physical examination and order further blood work. Good luck.
Need more info?See a primary care-doctor today
Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.