Arcus senilis is a half-circle of gray, white, or yellow deposits in the outer edge of the cornea, the clear outer layer on the front of the eye. It’s made of fat and cholesterol deposits.

In older adults, arcus senilis is common and is usually caused by aging. In younger people, it may be related to high cholesterol levels.

Arcus senilis is sometimes called corneal arcus.

About 60 percent of people ages 50 to 60 have this condition. After age 80, almost 100 percent of people will develop this arc around their cornea.

Arcus senilis is more common in men than in women. African-Americans are more likely to get this condition than are people of other ethnic groups.

In people under age 40, arcus senilis is often due to an inherited condition that raises cholesterol and triglyceride levels.


Arcus senilis is caused by deposits of fat (lipids) in the outer part of the cornea. Cholesterol and triglycerides are two types of fats in the blood. Some of the lipids in the blood come from foods you eat, such as meat and dairy products. The liver produces the rest.


A white or gray half-circle both on the upper and lower areas of the cornea. The half-circle will have a sharp outer border and a fuzzy inner border. The lines may eventually fill in to form a complete circle around the iris, which is the colored part of the eye.

Complications and risks

Arcus senilis itself doesn’t cause complications, but the very high cholesterol that causes it in some people can increase heart risks. If you develop this condition before your 40s, you may be at high risk for coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease.


Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When  is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms

Few homoeopathic medicine can be thought of in the treatment of arcus senilis are:

pulsatilla, sulphur, kali bi., mercurius sol., cocculus, colocynthis, etc.