Grey isn’t just for hair!

Some people develop a grey ring around the edge of the eye. This appears to be on the iris (colour

Arcus

ed part of the eye), but is actually located on the cornea (the clear front ‘window’ of the eye). 

The ring, which is called arcus senilis is common in older age (‘senilis’ simply means ‘age-related’) but can be associated with high cholesterol and triglycerides especially in people under the age of 50. 

This could lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. 
 
Anyone who has the condition should see their optometrist and GP who may want to arrange for a blood test to check for elevated blood lipids.
 
 
 

 

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