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Q: Eye doctor noticed cholesterol deposits in eyes.

My eye doctor told me that when looking in my eyes during the examination, he seen a high amount of cholesterol deposits in them for my age.  I was 31 at the time.  What does that mean? 

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
6/ 2/08 9:46am

Lori,

 

Thanks for your question which brings up very important points for discussion.  The retina (back of eye) has many tiny blood vessels, and is easily viewed by an eye specialist as well as your primary physician (though limited by equiptment).  This area is very dynamic in that it reflects many conditions before they become symptomatic elsewhere.  In this case, your eye doctor has detected deposits of cholesterol which may indicate that your blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be elevated.  This may be the problem itself, or may indicate another underlying problem that is causing the elevation, such as diabetes.  Of course, all of this is speculation and guessing.  You need to schedule an appointment with your physician for a full check up and blood work to find possible causes for the eye changes.  The good news is that these eye findings can be reversed once the cause is found and treated.

 

I hope you found this helpful.  Please utilize the other areas of our website to gain more information.  Best of luck.

 

Martin Cane, M.D.

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Dee, Community Member
9/ 1/09 8:21pm

My eye doctor has told me that I too have cholesterol deposits in my eyes. I was surprised because my cholesterol, triglycerides, ldl, hdl were just fine during my previous physical my last one being 4 months ago. I have had a cholesterol of 190 but through lifestyle changes was able to lower it to 170. Is there any other cause for this problem or does these deposits reflect a problem that my blood work is not revealing?

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Marias account, Community Member
10/29/10 9:22am

I also have this issue, I'm 33 and have had 2 small creamy coloured raised bumps in the inner corner of each eye.  2 opticians have told me that this is simply due to exposure to radiation from the sun.  Everyone gets them but not usually until 40+.  It has nothing to do with blood cholesterol, mine is excellent (I'm a distance runner with a resting heart rate of 54).  It's your body's way of attempting to protect your eyes from the rays.  I was told to wear shades as often as possible.

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splenda01, Community Member
6/ 6/12 12:10am

I also had a creamy coloured raised bump in the corner of my right eye. I went to the doctor and it is uveitis.  I am currently using Lotemax drops 3 x per day.  When I first started i was putting 6 x per day.  Get your eyes checked with an opthalmologist.  Opticians usually check eyes for eyeglasses.

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Rachel67, Community Member
11/15/10 1:20pm

My eye doctor also told me the same thing recently (about cholesterol deposits).  However, she also told me that the cholesterol could have been deposited there in the past at a point when my cholesterol level was higher than it is currently.  I also had it tested recently and have healthy levels.  She also said that these deposits are not always indicative of high cholesterol levels.  For some people, their bodies just deposit cholesterol there, but she did recommend continuing to get my cholesterol checked regularly to be certain there is no problem.

 

As for the person who mentioned the exposure to sun issue.  This is different from cholesterol deposits.  I happen to have both issues.  The growths on your eyes that you referred to are called "pingueculas".  I probably spelled that wrong, but these are growths on the eye resulting from sun exposure.  Although these aren't usually a problem, in my own case, they tend to take the oxygen from other parts of my eye, which results in dry, red eyes.  I use a lubricating drop for my eyes since I wear contacts.  This ensures my contacts have enough lubrication and helps avoid further irritation.

 

I am certainly no expert, just happen to have been to a very good eye doctor recently who took the time to explain these things to me.  Hope the information helps! 

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charmainekunzler, Community Member
3/ 9/11 4:47pm

I know it has been a long time since this was posted but I am 20 years old and have just been told the same thing by eye doctor, however she told me there was nothing that could be done to fix it.

I was refered to the eye doctor by my doctor, who is doing a full work up right now to find the cause for my chronic headaches, exhaustion and inability to stay awake during the day. I am still waiting on results from tests but could high cholesterol be a cause of these issues, or is there a condition that could be the culprit of all of them, including the cholesterol? Also, what would cause me to have cholesterol deposits in my eye? I am normal weight, I eat ok and I exercise.

Thank you,

 

Charmaine

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TANA FORD, Community Member
12/ 5/10 10:35am

tmv

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JIMMY VASQUEZ, Community Member
12/17/10 2:33am

could be a pre cursor for hep -c ,MAC ,SUN SENSITIVITY ,THEY ALL CAUSE GENETIC DISINCORPORATION PROBABLY WOULD HAVE TO MANIFEST IN SOME MUCOSAL AREA  GUT, DENDRIC ,EPITHELIAL ,UPPER GI ,LOWER GI ,SINUSES ,FOCAL AS WELL,ALSO CHECK FOR ALL RETROVIRUSES ,GENE SCREEN FOR IN BREEDING, CHIMERIC, CROSS BREEDING,SUPER NATURAL BIRTHS OF SOME KIND ,I AM HIV POSITIVE I HAD PROBLEMS WITH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS MED CHANGE HELPED SOME I HAD ACCUMULATIONS OF FAT AROUND HEART LOWERING NOW KALETRA CAUSES IT WITH ALL CONDITIONS CONSIDERED I SPECULATE THAT GENETIC DISINCORPORATION HAPPENS MORE IN MEN THAN WOMEN HOWEVER WHEN A WOMAN REACHES MENOPAUSE THIS WILL MORE LIKELY OCCUR AT THIS TIME 

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karen, Community Member
2/15/11 3:26pm

My eye doctor,told me I had,some cholestrol,built up behind both eyes.he said it wasn't that bad now.

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