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Question:
My 1-year-old granddaughter has normal blue eyes but when looked at closely the blue is circled by a thin black ring. Is this something to be concerned about? The ring is in both eyes.

Answer:
This may be a normal patterning of the color of the iris, especially since it is in both eyes. Consider also a shadowing effect when you look at the eyes closely which looks like a ring but is merely a lighting pattern. If all else is fine, then I wouldn't worry about this and the fact that it is seen on both sides rules out anything worrisome.

Answered by: Richard Bensinger, MD Dr. Richard Bensinger

Categories: Children's Eye Health

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