Arcus Senilis

Arcus Senilis

Close up of iris with arcus senilis ring

Arcus Senilis, also referred to as Corneal Arcus, is a common eye condition that often affects people as they age. It is not usually a cause for concern, but it can sometimes be an indication of health conditions. In this blog, we’ll discuss the risk factors for Arcus Senilis and when you should talk to your eye doctor. 


Arcus Senilis often first appears as grey or white arches on the top and bottom of the cornea. Over time, these arches may connect to form a ring around the cornea, as shown in the picture above.


The primary cause of Arcus Senilis is lipid deposits from the body. It is most common in those aged 60 and over, and more likely to occur in people of African or Southeast Asian descent. 

When To Talk To Your Doctor

Fortunately, most cases of Arcus Senilis are benign. This condition does not affect the vision and isn’t harmful to the structures of the eye. But it may be an indication of high cholesterol, particularly in people under 60 years of age. Talk to your doctor if:

  • You develop Arcus Senilis and you are under 60, especially if you are a male under 50
  • You notice signs of Arcus Senilis in your child
  • Arcus Senilis appears to develop in only one eye
  • You notice any changes in your vision
  • It has been more than 1 year since your last eye exam

There is no treatment for Arcus Senilis, but your doctor may recommend blood work to assess your cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.

Aging can lead to many ocular changes. While these changes are not usually serious, it is important to visit your eye doctor annually to monitor your eyes and your vision. To schedule an eye exam, call or text (907) 328-2920. To learn more about your eyes, visit

Written By:

Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC

Posted in: Eye Health Guide

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