Published: 08/19/2015 - Updated: 12/28/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
The whites of your eyes is called the sclerotic coat, and is a thick membrane that is tough and rich in collagen fibers. This part of the eye consists of the most external layer of the eye ball, and it serves to shape the eye and protect its most delicate, sensitive, and internal elements.
The sclerotic coat is generally white and clean in its natural state, especially in babies and children, who frequently have the cleanest and brightest eyes. The sclerotic coat however, can at times present differing sizes and shapes of discoloration, sometimes appearing as black dots or brown or pink marks in the eye.
The black dots, or moles, that appear in the whites of the eye are actually a discolored injury. They could be anywhere from brown to pink in color, and they can be either flat or slightly raised. These dots, or “moles” generally also pop up under the lower eyelid, which can easily be seen by pulling the lower eyelid down.
Sometimes the nerve is discolored, which could appear in the sclerotic coat, the iris (the area of the eye that gives us our eye color), or in the connective tissue, which is the membrane covering the inside of the eyelashes. This type of mar or discoloration in the eye is generally called a discolored tumor, although in reality they are not harmful.
Black Dots or Marks in the Whites of your Eyes
There are a lot of things that could cause discoloration or black dots in the sclerotic coat:
- Constant and prolonged sun exposure.
- Frequently using the computer or getting too close to it.
- Some irritating make-ups.
- Diseases such as hepatitis, anemia, etc.
- Individuals that drink too much alcohol.
- Prolonged and constant stress.
- Lack of nutrients or poor nutrient absorption.
Brown marks: these are caused primarily by hepatitis, prolonged exposure to the computer or screens, and/or dietary habits. Prolonged sun exposure can also cause discoloration.
Black dots or “moles”: Some could be simply hereditary, or caused by a lack of vitamins.
In both cases, we recommend taking the following precautions, and following these recommendations:
- Use special glasses: Whenever you’re going to be exposed to the sun, use glass that have ultraviolet protection. It’s best to avoid highly reflective white surfaces, as these could affect the eyes. You should also use glasses when you’re in front of the computer, there are special glasses that are designed for prolonged computer work.
- Cleansing your eyes: If you notice that your eyes look dull, lifeless and have spots in them, it’s best to undergo a cleansing diet. I recommend following a diet for one or two days, eating solely pineapple. This is an excellent way to drain the body of toxins and harmful substances that make the body highly acidic. This also prevents the body from absorbing nutrients appropriately. Wash your eyes daily, at night, with a bit of freshly prepared chamomile tea.
- The eyes are related to the liver. If your eyes are affected, it is because your liver is having problems. If you suddenly get spots in your eyes, we recommend drinking bold tea before breakfast, which is an excellent liver cleanser. Also include more raw and steamed green vegetables, either in salads or juices. Vegetables are wonderful at re-animating the body. They clean it and help repair tissues.
- Avoid walking in heavily trafficked areas, where there are a lot of cars, or in contaminated areas, as this easily irritates the eyes.
- If you’re going to the beach, take a dip in the ocean and try to open your eyes under water. This will be a great help for cleansing your eyes.
- Don’t watch the TV too close. Always sit at least two meters away.
- The best foods for the eyes include: carrots, beets, celery, alfalfa, aloe, berries, green vegetables, citrus fruit, etc.
- Reduce stress in your life. Try to focus and see life more smoothly and confidently. The eyes are very sensitive to mood and stress changes in the body.
- If you have a liver problem, drink a turmeric tea midday.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/28/2017
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