If the whites of your eyes have turned yellow, jaundice is most often to blame. Jaundice occurs when excess amounts of bilirubin are present in the blood. The pigment of the bilirubin creates the yellow appearance. Yellowing of the eyes is often associated with liver problems and unless these issues are resolved, the jaundice may remain. Fortunately, there are ways to clear up yellow eyes.
Consult with your doctor. Your physician can run blood tests to check the function levels of your liver. These tests can determine if the yellowing is caused by liver problems. The doctor may also recommend performing an ultrasound on the bile ducts and liver to look for tumours, which can impair liver function and possibly cause jaundice.
Comply with any treatments your doctor may prescribe to resolve your jaundice. Recommended treatments may include surgery to remove the tumours or taking medication to attempt to heal the liver. Recommended treatments depend upon the severity of the liver problem and the cause. Once the jaundice is relieved, the yellowing should disappear.
Take home remedies, upon your doctor’s approval. One home remedy to try is made by adding eight to 10 lemon leaves to a cup of hot water. Place a saucer on the cup and let the leaves steep in the water for about five minutes. Strain the leaves from the water and drink the liquid once daily for four to five days. You could also mash a banana with a tablespoon of honey and consume this concoction two times a day. Lastly, squeeze half of a lemon in four ounces of beetroot juice and drink the liquid daily. If the remedies cure the jaundice, the eyes should return to their natural colour.
Avoid eating fatty foods when you have jaundice. For instance, pass on fried foods, sour cream, butter and spicy foods.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid eating fatty foods when you have jaundice. For instance, pass on fried foods, sour cream, butter and spicy foods.