The eyes usually start to turn yellow when a compound called bilirubin accumulates in the blood. This type of yellowing is often referred to as jaundice.
Yellowing of the eyes and skin are almost always symptoms of a condition that requires medical treatment.
Yellow eyes are usually associated with conditions affecting the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, or intestines. It is important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Some lifestyle adjustments can make it easier for these organs to function, which may reduce symptoms.
The following tips may help to reduce the yellowing of eyes:
- Stay hydrated.
- Consume enough dietary fiber, which can be found in whole fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains.
- Eat lean protein, such as that from fish, nuts, and legumes
- Avoid processed or packaged foods.
- Avoid foods rich in saturated and trans fats.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates, which can be found in sugary baked goods and candies.
- Do not consume alcohol excessively.
- Stop smoking or using tobacco products.
- Refrain from using illegal drugs or abusing prescription medications.
- Exercise regularly.
If a person has yellow eyes or suspects jaundice they should contact a doctor as soon as possible. Most conditions that cause jaundice require medical treatment.
If severe or left untreated, several underlying conditions that cause jaundice can result in complications such as tissue damage and organ failure.
If the yellowing of the eyes is dark, seek emergency medical attention.
Anyone with yellow eyes should contact a doctor as soon as possible or seek emergency medical attention. This can prevent serious complications, including organ damage.