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Why Are My Brown Eyes Turning Grey? Here’s What to Do


Have you ever worn a certain color shirt and then gotten all kinds of comments about how beautiful your eyes are? The color of your eyes is an important characteristic that makes you, well, you. If you are starting to notice a change happening with your eyes and are wondering, for instance, “why are my brown eyes turning grey,” then there are a few possibilities worth mentioning that could apply to you.

What Does It Mean When Brown Eyes Turn Grey?


Typically, the actual color of your eyes does not change throughout your life. For example, you don’t normally see someone with blue eyes all of a sudden have brown eyes, right? The perception or appearance of your eye color may change, though. This can happen because of specific health or eye conditions as well as some glaucoma medications. Some of these conditions could include:

  • Arcus senilis – A lipid (fatty substance) build-up on your cornea that is common as you age and is typically harmless.
  • Cataracts – A cloudiness on the lens of your eye (behind the pupil) that can appear grey in color. Cataracts are common as you age and are often removed through surgery. 
  • Injury or trauma – When the eye is injured, the iris can be damaged and make your eye color appear changed.

Should You Be Concerned?


If you have a gradual eye color change or what seems to be an eye color change, it’s most often nothing to worry about. There are those instances when it could be a sign of something more, though. It’s always better to play it safe and talk to your eye specialist about any changes you see in your vision or eyes. 

Things like environmental changes, the color of the shirt you wear, or a change in makeup color can make your eye color appear different. But when you notice a change in eye appearance that is present no matter what you’re wearing or where you are, your doctor may ask you about medications, and injuries, and do more digging about genetics or diseases that could be causing the change.

When to See a Doctor?


The important thing to remember is that it’s never a mistake to visit your doctor or eye specialist about a change in your health, vision, or normally stable characteristics that you possess. It’s always better to be proactive instead of reactive, especially when it comes to your health. This way, any problems that come up can be addressed and treated quickly and early on. 

At Vision Boutique, your eye health is our top priority. We want to help you achieve healthy vision habits as well as care for you throughout all the life changes you and your eyes experience, whether that be vision adjustments, regular checkups, or disease management. When you’re wondering, “why are my brown eyes turning grey?” or “why can’t I see as well as I used to?” we are here for you. Schedule your next eye exam today.

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