High Cholesterol? Look in Your Eyes!

Seriously. You can find a big clue as to whether you have high cholesterol by looking in your eyes.

The other day a patient asked me, ‘Are my eyes changing color? I’ve got this grey ring around my iris!’. The answer, no doubt, was a huge surprise!

When a whiteish gray-blue line circles the outer edge of the iris and cornea, it’s a condition called Arcus Senilis. In older adults, it can be the result of cholesterol deposits and may be your signal to go get a blood test to see if you have high cholesterol.

If you ever notice anything unusual about your eyes, never be afraid to ask your doctor at Milwaukee Eye Care or his or her staff. You never know what you might learn and how it can help you lead a healthier life!

Written by Bart W., Ophthalmic Technician for Milwaukee Eye Care