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Having orange colored eyelids is not something that you hear very often and this is also why conditions presenting with such symptoms can be under-diagnosed. Here are some reasons why you may have orange colored eyelids:

1. Orange Palpebral Spots

The presence of orange palpebral spots has been recognized as a medical condition only recently having first been reported in 2008. This does not mean that the condition did not exist before that but it was not officially diagnosed as one.

The chief presenting symptom is that if orange macules on the top of the eyelids.  The most commonly affected demographic seems to be middle-aged white women.

The exact reason as to the occurrence of orange palpebral spots remains unknown but an increased accumulation of carotenoids, lipofuscin, or fat cells are all possibilities.

2. Xanthelasmata

Yellowish-orangish markings or coloration of the eyelids are called xanthelasmata. The appearance of these markings on the eyelids has been linked to an increased amount of cholesterol in the body. The skin over the eyelids is quite thin and therefore cholesterol deposits become visible from the outside.

There have been studies that link the appearance of Xanthelasmata spots to an increased incidence of cardiac diseases as well, which makes sense given that these are signs of increased cholesterol in the body.

3. Hemochromatosis

There are two main kinds of hemochromatosis: primary and acquired. The term hemochromatosis refers to a condition in which iron salts are deposited in tissues eventually causing diabetes, liver damage, and discoloration of the skin.

Generally, a metallic grayish to bronzish discoloration of the skin is reported, however, the hue may appear to be similar to orange in some cases as well. As mentioned earlier, the skin on the eyelids is quite thin and so it is one of the first places where the discoloration becomes apparent.

4. Carotenosis

An excess intake of carrots and other foods containing the carotene can lead to an orangish appearance of the outermost layer of the skin. The light colored people are the most commonly affected by carotenosis.

The excessive intake of carotene leads to an increase in the amount of serum fat-soluble carotenoids. The carotenoids are absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract and then eventually transported into the peripheral tissues.

While high doses of carotene intake can be displeasing to see cosmetically, they do not cause any ill effects to the health of the person and so the condition is considered harmless.

5. Jaundice

An increase in the amount of bilirubin in the body due any reason is called jaundice. Typically, the skin and eyes become yellowish in color but some people can show the appearance of an orangish hue as well.

Jaundice is not a disease but a symptom which is most commonly associated with a problem in the liver functioning.


Any variation from the normal appearance is likely to raise an alarm in the affected individual, particularly if it is something rare like having orange eyelids. Thankfully, this is one of those conditions where the underlying cause is almost always harmless or easily manageable.  

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