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Seeing cholesterol in your eyes?

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Who has ever heard of having cholesterol deposits in both eyes? Dear Lord, when does this end? Cholesterol can even show up in deposits on the eyelids. It's bad enough that cholesterol, that is too much cholesterol, caused by food or genetics can cause heart attack and strokes, but turning the cornea of both eyes yellow, white, or gray in color?

More: Corneal arcus is an eye condition characterized by the formation of a ring around the edge of the cornea in both eyes. It usually develops symmetrically and may start out as an incomplete ring. Depending on a patient's age at the time of onset, this condition can be a cause for concern or a normal part of the aging process. It is usually diagnosed and evaluated by an ophthalmologist, a physician who focuses on providing eye care.
The ring is formed of lipids that have infiltrated the cornea, and it can be yellow, white, or gray in color. When people are born, they usually have a corneal arcus that fades with time. In older adults, generally people over the age of 60, the formation of a corneal arcus is very common. Initially, the center of the cornea will be clear and vision will be relatively unobscured. Over time, this can change, with the vision becoming cloudy. In both of these cases, the arcus is considered normal.

What Is Cholesterol?

To understand high blood cholesterol (ko-LES-ter-ol), it helps to learn about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. However, cholesterol also is found in some of the foods you eat. Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins (lip-o-PRO-teens). These packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside.

Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.

LDL cholesterol sometimes is called “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body.)

HDL cholesterol sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.

Next time you order that hamburger and fries think of your eyes. Remember everything improves with proper diet and exercise. It is never too late to change. And small changes add up!

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