Bilirubin is an orange-yellow pigment formed in the liver by the breakdown of hemoglobin protein in old red blood cells. High levels of bilirubin in the blood can lead to jaundice. This disorder is characterized by the yellowing of the skin and eyes. Anyone who experiences yellowing of the eyes should consult an eye doctor or seek medical attention.
Here’s how you can reduce yellow pigmentation in the eyes.
1. Treat the Underlying Health Condition
For children and adults, the normal range of bilirubin is 1.0 to 1.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Yellowing of the eyes or skin only occurs when bilirubin levels reach 2–3 mg/dL. Large amounts of bilirubin in the blood can be caused by hepatitis, tuberculosis and problems with the liver, pancreas or gallbladder.
2. Drinking Lemon Juice
Mix some lemon juice with water. Stir it well and mix sugar if needed. You can drink this lemon juice every day until the yellowing of the eyes disappears. Staying hydrated is also one of the best ways to recover from jaundice. Water helps flush out toxins from the liver and kidneys.
3. Eat Healthy Food
Eating fruits and vegetables that contain liver-friendly nutrients can help you recover from jaundice. These include limes, grapefruits, papayas, pumpkins, tomatoes, olives and ginger. Your eye doctor may also suggest consuming lean sources of protein, including tofu, legumes, and fish instead of red meat.
4. Avoid Food Rich in Saturated and Trans Fat
Do not include food with high amounts of saturated and trans-fat in your diet. You should also cross out dairy products, such as cheese, whole milk and full-fat yogurts.
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