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I'm curious as to why would blue eyes turn darker almost black?

I'm curious as to why would blue eyes turn darker almost black?

It is Melanin inIRIS: Melanin is the pigment it can make freckles brown and it can make iris of the eye which gives its colour as retina is transparent.At birth the iris is devoid of melanin and that gives the blue colour. But by 9months to 12 months iris of the baby gets melanin and may turn brown or dark brown but brown eyes at birth never turn blue. ...Read more

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Can a baby get blue eyes if the parent wears blue contacts?

Can a baby get blue eyes if the parent wears blue contacts?

No.: The color of a parent's contacts does not, in any way, affect the eye color of their child. Inheritance of eye color is complex and determined by the parents' genetics, that is, their natural eye color. ...Read more

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Why are my fingernails blue? They're not cold at all, just blue. Are blue fingernails always a sign of a heart problem? Pict >> http://goo.Gl/hsf6w

Why are my fingernails blue? They're not cold at all, just blue. Are blue fingernails always a sign of a heart problem? Pict >> http://goo.Gl/hsf6w

Cyanosis: Cyanosis often represents a low oxygen level, representing a cardiac or pulmonary problem. It merits the evaluation by a cardiologist or a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Type 2 diabetic. Lights look red in color (streetlights, car lights) should one be concerned?

Type 2 diabetic. Lights look red in color (streetlights,  car lights)  should one be concerned?

Not normal: Hi. Yes, indded, some street lights ARE red... STOP for them. But otherwise, not normal. Please see an ophthalmologist. Is your diabetes well controlled? Please control your diabetes and your BP tightly! Protect those peepers! Good luck! ...Read more

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Child 8 no appetite weight loss dizzy episodes grey skin colour changes blue lips then ok again, having funny spells vision blacks out dark sunk eyes?

Child 8 no appetite weight loss dizzy episodes grey skin colour changes blue lips then ok again, having funny spells vision blacks out dark sunk eyes?

Distress.: The child sounds in distress and needs to be taken to ER immediately. There are many possibilities such as juvenile diabetes, cardiac or lung problems, infection, thyroid issues, adrenal crisis etc. but the child needs IV fluid and immediate work-up and most likely hospitalization. Don't delay. ...Read more

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3 weeks boy. White-blond hair. Pupils seem to be black, but has greyish ring in iris. Fluorescent light reflects off eyes. Has brown freckle. Albinism?

3 weeks boy. White-blond hair. Pupils seem to be black, but has greyish ring in iris. Fluorescent light reflects off eyes. Has brown freckle. Albinism?

Oculocutaneous: Albinism is a group of 4 conditions, each caused by a specific gene mutation inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. When both parents carry the gene mutation, each of their children has a 25% chance of having oca. See his pediatrician ; a pediatric ophthalmologist for diagnosis ; referral to a geneticist if he has it. Lack of melanin in the retina causes vision problems, so you need to know. ...Read more

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I have light brown eyes, my mom has blue eyes, husband has blue eyes, blue eyes run in his family what are the chances of our baby having blue eyes?

I have light brown eyes, my mom has blue eyes, husband has blue eyes, blue eyes run in his family what are the chances of our baby having blue eyes?

50% per conception: If both your husband and mother have blue eyes and yours are brown, you are a carrier of a blue eye gene. Your brown gene dominates your blue, so yours are brown, but since dad can only donate a blue gene, your offspring will have 1 blue gene from him and either blue or brown from you. Your kids have equal chance of being blue or brown. ...Read more

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I have very dark purple blue under eyes, even with more sleep, help!?

I have very dark purple blue under eyes, even with more sleep, help!?

Need better sleep: Being unconscious is not the same as sleeping well. The problem could with the quality of your sleep. If you don't feel rested after 8 or more hours of sleep, you may have a sleep disorder that is fragmenting your sleep. ...Read more

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Are blue eyes more sensitive to light?

Are blue eyes more sensitive to light?

Yes: Blue eyes have less pigment in the iris and therefore transmit light to the retina easier, increasing light exposure and sensitivity. Not all blue-eyed people are abnormally sensitive to light. Adaptation can happen, as well as the wearing of sun glasses for protection and comfort. ...Read more

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Sensitivity to cold goosebumps from head to toe hurts to move. Separately hands will turn blue (not cold) nail beds are pale Pulse btwn 110-130?

Sensitivity to cold goosebumps from head to toe hurts to move. Separately hands will turn blue (not cold) nail beds are pale Pulse btwn 110-130?

GOOSEBUMPS/COLD: YOUR PULSE IS A BIT HIGH. HAVE YOU HAD A CHECK UP WITH YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN RECENTLY? DO YOU HAVE THYROID PROBLEMS? DO YOU DRINK A LOT OF COFFEE? TEA? ALCOHOL? TOO MUCH EXERCISE? SEE YOUR DOCTOR . . . ...Read more

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When looking at text on screen, colours of individual letters change periodically - from black to navy blue. Not computer; overworking eyes? Diabetes?

When looking at text on screen, colours of individual letters change periodically - from black to navy blue. Not computer; overworking eyes? Diabetes?

Macular issue: The variations in the colors of the letters localizes the problem area to the central retina, the macula lutea, aka the fovea centralis. Diabetes is not impossible but not likely without a history. A retinal toxicity to the antibiotics for h. Pylori is also possible. A retina specialist or general ophthalmologist is the starting point for a dilated examination of the back of your eyes asap. ...Read more

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Can greyish green eyes change to blue?

Can greyish green eyes change to blue?

In short, not really: Eye color can change due to medication or disease. But the changes are usually from lighter pigment to darker. Some people as they age will report their eyes changing to blue when in fact the peripheral cornea acquires cholesterol deposits (arcus) that can give some people the impression their eyes are turning blue. ...Read more

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Dark blue green veins on breast while breastfeeding is this an issue?

Dark blue green veins on breast while  breastfeeding is this an issue?

Mammary veins: When breast feeding, the blood vessels to the breast glands or mammary glands enlarge to bring more nourishment to the breast. It would be common to see the veins engorged. ...Read more

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Is this floaters?White circles top of vision.But they move w/ my eyelashes.Like light reflecting off them.but this new 2 me.Only see n sun/ipad screen

Is this floaters?White circles top of vision.But they move w/ my eyelashes.Like light reflecting off them.but this new 2 me.Only see n sun/ipad screen

A few, normal: Most people have some floaters. These are more obvious against bright background. As long you do not get new floater, a few stable ones are not abnormal. If you get more floaters or see flashes of light, please consult your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Why do my eyes always turn out blue in pictures despite them being darker in reality?

Why do my eyes always turn out blue in pictures despite them being darker in reality?

Possibly reflections: When a photo is taken of your eyes the light reflected or bent back to the camera is a function of the light in the room, the way the camera is angled, and other factors that influence the recorded color of your eyes in the picture. What you see in the mirror is a direct reflection of your eye color as you see it, so that is more likely to be the perceived color. ...Read more

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Is it possible for 2 blue eyed people to have a brown eyed child?

Is it possible for 2 blue eyed people to have a brown eyed child?

Yes...: It turns out that the genes for eye color are pretty complicated and we are learning more about this all the time. Certainly two blue eyed parents can have a brown eyed child. ...Read more