Arcus senilis is characterized by a blue, gray or white ring or arc around the cornea of the eye. The eye condition is generally harmless and presents no risk of vision loss or to overall health.
– Arcus senilis is associated with old age and is caused by deposition of fats and lipids around the cornea.
– Despite the formation of a circle or arc on the cornea, vision remains largely unaffected.
– Following diagnosis, treatment can only aim at reducing blood levels of cholesterol but will not clear the eye.
However, if someone is diagnosed with arcus senilis and is under 40 years of age, they may have an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. If this is the case, they are recommended to seek advice from their doctor.
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