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Question:
What might yellowing of the eye lens at age 25 mean?

Answer:
The lens of the eye in the very young is crystal clear. Over time it accumulates pigments, largely various chemicals that frequently have a yellowish tint. This generally starts to be evident in the middle years and in fact is somewhat protective for the back of the eye since yellow pigments block UV rays very effectively. I am hoping that this is a theoretical issue for you as significant yellowing at age 25 would be unusual. A diet excessively high in riboflavin might cause some lens yellowing and hopefully you are not confusing lens yellowing with yellowing of the whites of the eyes associated with liver disease.

Answered by: Richard Bensinger, MD  Dr. Richard Bensinger

Categories: Cataracts, General Eye Health

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Answered: Dec 20, 2013

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