I took my friend to Urgent Care for what we thought was poison ivy in her eye. She has poison ivy on her ear and elsewhere on her face. The Dr. said that it was not poison ivy, but rather a cholesterol deposit on her eye. Is this an indication of a serious cholesterol problem? Should she seek a second opinion, and if so, should she go to her primary care physician or optometrist?
i can think of 3 different types of "deposits" that are related or thought to be related to cholesterol:
1) hollenhorst plaque: cholesterol in the blood vessels of the inside of the eye. this does not sound like what you are describing. it is also doubtful that any urgent care doctor diagnosed this in the ER
2) conjunctival concretion: this is a yellowish or white deposit in the pink part of the back side of an eyelid, usually the lower eyelid. it is often mistaken to be cholesterol, but i think most of them are calcium or mineral based. not dangerous, easily removed with an in-office procedure
3) arcus: a white-ish ring of cholesterol deposit in the cornea itself. not usually dangerous or vision threatening. cannot really be removed. sometimes indicates a raised systemic cholesterol level, so a physical with bloodwork is probably warranted. sometimes it is due to just aging.
hope that helps some. better off asking your optometrist or ophthalmologist
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