Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Hazel and Brown-Eyed Girl

So after 3 LONG visits to the eye doctor over the last year and a half, Libbi's new ophthalmologist at the University of Minnesota finally made a diagnosis on her eye.   Libbi has "ocular melanosis" in her left eye (the brown one), which is a fancy way of saying that she has an overproduction of melanin, both in the iris and the sclera (the white part).  It happens to about 1 in 5000 people.  Her right eye is perfectly fine, as is her vision (for now, although she does have a slight stigmatism and will most likely need glasses eventually -- at least they make them cuter now; I'll post a picture of my first set of glasses ... they were awful, pink, plastic -- just a gross set of eyewear).  Ocular melanosis (also called Nevas of Ota) is a congenital birth defect (like a birth mark on her eye).  I attached more information about it below.  Basically, it is a cosmetic disease, although I love her different colored eyes, so I wouldn't change it.  There is a slight chance that later in life she could develop melanoma in her eye, but we will continue to check in once a year with Dr. Bothun and make sure she is clear! =)  For now, she is just a beautiful hazel and brown-eyed little girl! ♥


1 comment:

  1. 1 in 5000?! She's unique, but we already knew that. There you go disproving my bogus statistics that we couldn't work here and our kids have some rare condition. So happy to know that it is just cosmetic. You can have a Libbi/Mommy special day every year for her appointment. That will be fun!