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Diabetes Awareness Month

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Did you know? November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans (almost 10% of the population) and is THE leading cause of blindness among middle aged adults.

How do diabetics go blind? If left untreated, diabetes damages the blood vessels in the eye causing them to leak and bleed. Over the long term, swelling and scarring damage enough sensitive tissue that more and more vision is lost.

Diabetics are also at a higher risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma.

I’m diabetic, what should I do? Along with seeing your regular primary care physician for checkups, the American Diabetes Association recommends all diabetics have a comprehensive, dilated eye examination every year.

Our eye doctors take the time to work closely with your primary care provider and report any eye health changes that might be related to your diabetes.

As always, problems that are diagnosed early are much less likely to cause vision loss over time.

Schedule your annual diabetic eye exam today!

More information found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1Je-kexwNQ

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Did you know that you can use your flex spending pre-tax funds on eye care services and products? We can accept FSA cards for eye exams, glasses, contacts, or prescription sunglasses. Make sure to use your funds before they expire at the end of the year. Things can get busy in December, start your shopping today.

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Why Does The Eye Color of Some Babies Change?

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The color of our eyes, hair and skin comes from a yellowish-brown pigment called melanin.   A newborn baby will continue to produce more melanin after they are born, which causes the “baby” blue eyes to gradually change to their permanent color.  The permanent eye color is dependent on the amount of pigment the iris produces. The amount of pigment generated is dependent on inherited genes.

Irises containing a large amount of melanin appear black or brown. Less melanin produces green, gray, or light brown eyes. Blue eyes contain very small amounts of melanin. People with albinism have no melanin in their irises causing the iris to appear pink in color due to the reflection from the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

If you are interested in finding out what color of eyes your child will have, check out this link to an eye color calculator:  http://genetics.thetech.org/online-exhibits/what-color-eyes-will-your-children-have.