• Can arcus senilis appear intermittently?


    Question:

    Is arcus senilis ever intermittent? I'm 69 and have noticed at times a blue ring around the iris, but it's gone within a day or so.

     


    Answer:
    Arcus senilis is a build-up of cholesterol at the limbus (where the cornea and conjunctiva meet at the front of the eye). It builds over time and is not intermittent. If you can make an appointment the next time you notice the color change, your ophthalmologist may be able to determine the cause. 

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