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Heterochromia: A Beautiful Anomaly

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Image borrowed from www.reddit.comThis photo was featured on www.reddit.com where people appeared to be curious about the condition of the woman’s iris. One of the Reddit users called it “heterochromia iridum” and said “I have a form of that where most of my inner iris is green but there’s a small ring of blue encompassing it.”

Heterochromia iridis/iridum is a condition characterized by abnormalities of the iris (the colored part of the eye). In people affected by complete heterochromia, the iris of one eye is a different color than the iris of the other eye. Sectoral, or, partial heterochromia occurs when areas of the same iris are different in color. The condition is fairly rare and is not associated with any other significant symptoms or problems – except being especially captivating to look at and very unique!

How Sickle Cell Anemia Can Affect the Eyes

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Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder caused by an inherited genetic mutation. People with sickle cell develop crescent-shaped red blood cells, resembling a scythe or sickle, when there is reduced oxygen levels. These sickled red blood cells become stiff and do not flow easily through small blood vessels. When the sickle cells block blood flow through the body, extreme pain occurs, due to tissues not receiving enough blood.

Remembering 9/11

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“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

— Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl


“September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.”

— Deepak Chopra


“Remember the hours after Sept. 11 when we came together as one! It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.”

— Secretary of State John Kerry


“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

— Former President George W. Bush


 

Ocular Melanoma – What is it?

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Ocular melanoma, or “OM” for short, is the most common eye cancer found in adults. It is diagnosed in about 2,500 adults every year in the United States, making it also one of the rarest forms of eye cancer. It occurs when eye pigment cells’ DNA is mutated causing them to multiply out of control and collect within the eye.

It is not clear why eye melanomas develop. We do know that people born with certain growths in or on the eye, as well as those with lighter colored eyes, are at a greater risk for developing ocular melanoma. Some other causes may be increased by exposure to sunlight or artificial sunlight (tanning beds), having certain inherited skin conditions, or simply older age.

Labor Day

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Labor Day – what a great time to talk about eye safety in the workplace, right?

Do you often skip the safety protection when your on the job? Think about all the time you’ve decided to not wear the safety glasses when you are using the table saw. But hey, you’ve been doing your job for so long, being careful and not doing anything stupid come second nature now, right?

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