Ask The Expert
January 11, 2013
You need to see your doctor.
Doctors call yellow discoloration of the eyes jaundice. Itís almost always related to elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood. This is especially true if you also have urine that is tan or brown in color.
Bilirubin is produced during the normal turnover of red blood cells. When old red blood cells die, hemoglobin is released into the blood stream. The old hemoglobin is converted to bilirubin.
Bilirubin circulating in the blood is picked up by the liver. Then, itís processed by liver cells for delivery to the bile ducts. In a healthy person, the process keeps the blood bilirubin level less than 1.2 milligrams per deciliter.
There are many reasons for high blood bilirubin levels. These include: