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Heat effect the pigments in the iris

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: September 19, 2021 4:12 PM
Anonymous 8 months

Hello, I suffer from dry eyes and I have read that a hot compress on the eye lids can help ,so I have been soaking cotton wool in hot water , rinsing them then placing them onto my closed eyelids and gentley massaging them ,I was wondering if the heat can have an ill effect on the pigments (melanin) in the iris causing a hyperpigmentation (darkening of the iris color)?

Dr Sashini Seeni 8 months
General Practitioner

Hello, thank you for your enquiry.

For your information, it is less likely to cause hyperpigmentation of the iris through hot padding. In addition, the melanin in the iris is mostly depends on genetic factors, external factors are less likely to cause any changes in it’s distribution, concentration and hence no changes in colour.

For more information, you may refer to a doctor or contact us for an online consultation for further assistance as well.

Thank you, we hope our answer has been helpful.

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Last Updated: Sun Sep 19 2021 16:12:30 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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