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Down's Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This is the month that we shine a light on what we may or may not know about those who live with Down Syndrome. At Pike Road Family Eyecare we give comprehensive eye exams to special needs patients. We love them! They bring so much light to our office and we have unforgettable bonds with them and their families. If you have a love one who is special needs and are needing a trusted optometrist, please give us a call today!

Montgomery Buddy Walk at Faulkner
Dr Hill, Mrs. Maddox, Mille Maddox at the 2016 Montgomery Buddy Walk at Faulkner

Down Syndrome Facts:

(Upwithdowns, 2017)

  • Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

  • Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.

  • There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (accounts for 95% of cases), translocation and mosaicism.

  • Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.

  • People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions.

  • All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate.

  • Positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

  • People with Down syndrome attend school, work, have meaningful relationships, vote, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

2017 Montgomery Buddy Walk
Dr. Hill and Millie Maddox at 2017 Montgomery Buddy Walk

As a person who does not have special needs, what is normal for you, isn't necessarily normal for them when it comes to our eyes. Let us explain:

  • Eye infections and tearing occur more in about 30% of babies with Down's Syndrome

  • Congenital cataracts are 10x more likely in babies with Down's Syndrome, but less than 1% of children with Down's Syndrome have a dense cataract. Cataracts can be present in birth or develop later.

  • Keratoconus, the condition of the cornea ( the clear structure covering the front of the eye) is 4x more common in people with Down's Syndrome

  • By age 4 years 50% of children with Down's Syndrome have an eye turn

  • 20% of children have an eye turn

  • Nystagmus, a condition in which eyes make small, involuntary, jerky movements, detailed vision is poorer.

  • Infantile glaucoma, the eye looks larger than normal, rare condition but slightly more normal in children with Down's Syndrome.

If you know anyone or have a loved one that has special needs and is need of a comprehensive eye exam, please give us a call today! 334-593-3868

Keith & Dr. Hill
Keith & Dr. Hill

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