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Can a person get a red iris if not albino?

Can a person get a red iris if not albino?

Uncommon: The red iris of an albino is due to lack of pigment in the eye so that light reflected from the back which is red transilluminates the iris and it appears red (it is actually whitish). An iris may also look red if it is covered in blood vessels (rubeiosis) and some rare tumors may also give a reddish appearance. ...Read more

Iris (Definition)

The iris is a structure within the eye that helps reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina. The iris is known as the colored part of the eye, and can be blue, brown, or any color or combination of colors in between. The iris is the portion of the eye that ...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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Is it possible for people to have red irises without having albinism?

Is it possible for people to have red irises without having albinism?

Red iris: In albinism, the iris is not really read, it is just extremely depigmented. Thus, you can see the redness of the interior of the eye (retina, choroid) through the iris as though it were transparent. Anything causing a transparent, depigmented iris would give the same appearance. Off hand, the lack of iris (aniridia) would also look this way. Also, after trauma or some surgeries of the eye. ...Read more

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I know that sometimes albino people have red, or seemingly pink eyes, but could a non-albino be born with red eyes?

I know that sometimes albino people have red, or seemingly pink eyes, but could a non-albino be born with red eyes?

No. Many causes : Iris color is a function of the amount of pigment, blood and nerve supply. Trauma and inflammation, injury and surgery and diseases that damage or diminish nerve supply can cause iris color to change. Pink irises are a function of the lack of pigment an are abnormal and indicate a disease, trauma or genetic problem. ...Read more

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I've been wearing contacts for over a year now. But recently, my eyes get red whenever I wear them (red ring around both iris) please help! ?

I've been wearing contacts for over a year now.  But recently, my eyes get red whenever I wear them (red ring around both iris) please help! ?

Keep them out,: use artificial tears a few times a day in both eyes; put cool compresses on the eyes; keep the contacts out of your eyes for about two weeks; are the contacts clean, are they one day use, or long-term use type? if the problem persists, see the eye specialist that prescribed the contacts for you. ...Read more

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I had a red mark the size of a pencil eraser near my iris. It has now spread and gotten bigger. I can't get in to see my eye dr. Should i be worried?

I had a red mark the size of a pencil eraser near my iris. It has now spread and gotten bigger. I can't get in to see my eye dr. Should i be worried?

Conjunctival hem.: If this is on the white of the eye, it is probably a subconjunctival hemorrhage, which is a usually spontaneous hemorrhage underneath the lining of the white of the eye. It is usually painless or only mildly irritated, and often is present upon awakening in the morning. Coughing, straining, rubbing can also cause this. They usually clear within a few days. See your doctor if you are not sure. ...Read more

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There is a tiny red ring around my iris and my eye burns and hurts. What could this be? I cant get into the eye doctor for a couple of days.

There is a tiny red ring around my iris and my eye burns and hurts. What could this be? I cant get into the eye doctor for a couple of days.

Possible Iritis: It is difficult to be certain without actually being able to examine your eye with a slit lamp, but what you are describing sounds like it might be iritis, which is inflammation of the iris and the adjacent structures. This usually causes pain, light sensitivity and sometimes blurred vision. I would contact your eye doctor again to see if you can get in sooner for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a brownish spot with a slightly smaller spot next to it in my iris. Should I be concerned? No pain but some occasional slight redness.

I have a brownish spot with a slightly smaller spot next to it in my iris. Should I be concerned? No pain but some occasional slight redness.

Tricky: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. and the iris has colors and spots normally. They even slowly change over time. certainly an eye exam by an MD would be able to tell and find out many other useful screens such as vision and eye pressures. ...Read more