Xanthopsia

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Xanthopsia is also known as Yellow Vision.


Xanthopsia is a condition in which all objects appear to have a yellowish tinge or hue.

It is therefore a form of chromatposia.

Possible causes:

  • The development of cataracts may result in the effect of colour-filtering through the eye, hence experience of the "yellow tinge".
  • Sometimes experienced in digitalis poisoning.
  • May occur due to poisoning by picric acid and santonin.
  • Sometimes occurs in cases of jaundice.

See also, for comparison, chloropsia ("green vision") and cyanopsia (in which everything appears to be blue-ish).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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