The reason people tend to get yellow eyes is because their body has a build up of bilirubin, aka hyperbilirubinemia. Bilirubin is what makes your urine yellow. When there is a back up of bilirubin it is usually a sign that there is damage to a persons liver. I'm sure malnutrition plays a part in this at well. You often see alcoholics with yellow eyes (called jaundice) because of their liver damage. Obviously alcohol is not the only reason though.
17 February 2009
Thanks to Dr. Kiirsten Finn
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