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Arcus Senilis

05/24/2007

Question:

I am a 62 year old female and have arcus senilis in my eyes. I have had this condition for about five years and I do remember my father suffering from the same complaint. Could you please tell me if there is anything I can do to get rid of this or to stop it getting worse? My chlorestoral is within the normal range. Many thanks

Answer:

It is normal cholesterol deposition in the peripheral cornea found in people after the age of 40. There's no way or reason to eradicate it. It causes no visual problem. The only concern about it is when arcus senilis is found in younger people--this usually indicates elevated systemic cholesterol levels. Keep an eye on your cholesterol levels in case they start to creep up and require treatment in the future.

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Response by:

Cynthia Gale Heard, OD Cynthia Gale Heard, OD
Formerly
Assistant Professor, Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University