Archive for May 2016

Heterochromia – When Eyes are Different Colors

People with Heterochromia don’t need expensive contacts to change their eye color. They were born that way. Though sometimes too subtle to be noticed by the non-clinician, this condition shows up in about 11 of 1,000 Americans. Iris color develops in first few months of life, when melanin levels determine how dark eyes will become.

Heterchromia has its own holiday!

In Complete Heterochromia, each eye is a distinctly different color. The telltale signs of this eye condition are a mix of colors, such as a blue iris with a golden-brown ring around the pupil, in the same eye.

While having different color eyes in itself is benign, it’s also present in a number of diseases and injuries, such as Bloch–Sulzberger syndrome, pooled blood in the anterior chamber, or brain injury.

Heterochromia also makes other eye conditions jealous, because it has its own holiday, Different Colored Eyes Day, July 12.

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TFOS Top 20 Cities

20 Worst Cities for Dry Eye Patients

Coping with dry eye is tough enough, but living in one of the top dry eye cities could make it worse

Factors that can bump a city up the list include wind, temperatures, humidity, altitude, pollutants, and ocular allergies. A great example is that cities with high temperatures or high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dry eye disease.

The list below was assembled by the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), and the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Lubbock, Texas
  3. El Paso, Texas
  4. Midland/Odessa, Texas
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  6. Atlanta, Georgia
  7. Salt Lake City, Utah
  8. Phoenix, Arizona
  9. Amarillo, Texas
  10. Honolulu, Hawaii
  11. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  12. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  13. Tucson, Arizona
  14. Norfolk, Virginia
  15. Newark, New Jersey
  16. Boston, Massachusetts
  17. Denver, Colorado
  18. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  19. Bakersfield, California
  20. Wichita, Kansas

Based on data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climatic Data Center and the Environmental Protection Agency


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