• Does severe arcus senilis cause glaucoma?


    Question:
    Does severe arcus senilis cause glaucoma?

    Answer:
    Arcus senilis—also known as corneal arcus—is caused by deposits of cholesterol in the outer ring of the cornea. It often can appear as a blueish, white ring in people older than 60. This is a normal deposition of cholesterol and is not a sign of any eye disease unless it is only in one eye, or occurs at a young age. While arcus can have a minimal effect on eye pressure, it has no relationship to the formation of glaucoma.

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