A ring of white and blue–Arcus

If you’re over the age of 50, you may have noticed a faint to moderate white/blue ring around your cornea. This is known as arcus and is a normal age-related finding. Arcus does not impact the clarity of your vision or the comfort of your eyes. Arcus represents a gradual build-up of cholesterol. Patients over 50 years old with elevated cholesterol may be more likely to develop arcus, but those with arcus do not necessarily have elevated lipid levels. Essentially arcus is a routine finding that patients occasionally ask about. Due to the light color of arcus, patients with brown eyes are more easily able to detect this condition at home looking in a mirror.

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