When you look into the eyeball of an aged person, there is a very high tendency that you would see a white, light grey ring around the limbus( the black region of the eye). The coloured ring you see is actually fatty substance which can also be cholesterol. This condition is called .
Arcus senilis begins as a short arc of colour along the top and bottom of the cornea. Overtime, the short arc keeps enlongating till it forms a complete ring.
Who tends to have arcus senilis?
Arcus senilis is common in people as they age. If these rings begin to appear around middle age or later, they are usually nothing to worry about. Almost everyone will eventually get arcus senilis but people that have a family history of high chlolesterol level tends to develop arcus senilis faster.
What if a young child has coloured ring in the eyes?
When colured rings appears in childhood or early adulthood, it is called arcus juvenilis, and unlike arcus senilis, arcus juvenilis can be the sign of high cholesterol or other health problems. Children with these rings should visit an eye clinic for a comprehensive eye examination.
The next time you see a white, light grey ring around the limbus in the eye of an aged person, we believe you have an idea of what it is now!
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