Ophthalmology & Optometry/Different colored eyes

Advertisement


Question
Eyes
Eyes  
Hello!
I've always considered myself to have amber eyes (I'm 19 now). Recently, however, I've noticed that one eye appears to be a different, more hazel-y/greenish color than the other (photo attached). At first I thought maybe I was just seeing things (no pun intended), but then other people around me have said that they, too, can see a discrepancy in color (and it shows up particularly strongly in grainy photographs, for some reason), so it would seem that isn't just a trick of the light or anything like that. Can you, as a professional, see a difference in color? Do I have different colored eyes and, if so, what does that mean?
Thank you!
Maddi

P.S. The photo was taken directly under bright light, so there shouldn't be shadows or anything affecting color.

Answer
Maddi,
Thanks for the question, and the picture.  Your eyes are a slightly different color, it would appear that there's more brown pigment in the iris stroma of the right eye - the left eye doesn't have as much brown pigment, so more of a green/hazel color is what comes through.  It's not unusual at all to see differences in color between your eyes.  Eyes can change slightly with hormones and age, so it wouldn't be unheard of to have them change a bit.  
If you're concerned, go see an eye doctor.  You can bring some old photos that show how your eyes used to look, and make sure there's not a reason for the iris color change.  Things like iris melanomas and more sinister/serious things are very rare, and normally present very differently.
Here's a link to an eye color infographic if you want more info...
http://www.blacksburgeye.com/what-your-eye-color-says/

Good Luck!
Dr.D

Ophthalmology & Optometry

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


John M. Dovie, OD, FAAO

Expertise

As a residency-trained Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry I am able to answer most questions regarding eye and vision health. Anything is welcome, ranging from dry or allergy eyes, bifocal contact lenses, or thoughts on LASIK surgery. As I am not a surgeon, detail-oriented surgical-related questions may be better answered by an ophthalmologist.

Experience

Selected to participate in the PCO residency program in Philadelphia at The Eye Institute, where I worked OD and MD specialists gaining invaluable experience in various clinics including glaucoma, cornea and cataract, oculo-plastics, retinal disease, neuro-ophthalmic disease, primary care, emergency medicine, and special populations. Have practiced and trained in numerous settings including hospital, academic, retail and private practice. I earned my Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). There are currently only about 3000 active fellows worldwide, and there are only about 70 Fellows in the state of Virginia. I currently own and operate my own optometric practice/clinic.

Organizations
American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association (Contact Lens/Cornea Section member since 2001), Southwest Virginia Optometric Association, Virginia Tech Alumni Association

Publications
Seminars/Presentations:
“Nyctalopia as the Presenting Sign of Vitamin A Deficiency: A Late Complication of Gastric Bypass Surgery.” Clinical Case Study Poster presented at The American Academy of Optometry Denver, Colorado, December 2006, co-authored with Bradley Lane, OD.
“The Importance of Considering Paranasal Sinus Mucocele as a Differential Diagnosis in Diplopia.” Clinical Case Study Poster presented at The American Academy of Optometry San Diego, California, December 2005, co-authored with Kelly Malloy, OD, FAAO and Cherie Farkash, OD.
“Acute Onset of Halos and Glare: Bilateral Keratitis—An Atypical Presentation of Amiodarone Keratopathy.” Clinical Case Study Poster presented at The American Academy of Optometry Tampa, Florida December 2004. Also Presented to New Jersey Academy of Optometry, Neptune, New Jersey March 2005.
“The Opportunity for an Optometrist to Save a Life.” Clinical Case Study and Grand Rounds Presentation presented at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 2004.
Publications:
“Corneal whorls cause wonder.” Clinical Challenges Quiz, co-authored with Andrew Gurwood, OD, FAAO, Review of Optometry. Published 10/15/2006.
“Acute onset of halos and glare: bilateral corneal epithelial edema with cystic eruptions--atypical presentation of amiodarone keratopathy.” Co-authored with Andrew Gurwood, OD, FAAO. Published February, 2006, Optometry.
“Pondering the posterior polka-dots.” Clinical Challenges Quiz, co-authored with Andrew Gurwood, OD, FAAO, Review of Optometry. Published 5/15/2005.
Professional Involvement:
“AION: Amiodarone-Induced or Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy?” Participated as a peer-review referee for Expert Review of Ophthalmology (London, UK); refereed 10/2006.

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Virginia Tech. Bachelor of Science, Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Doctorate (OD), Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency, Pennsylvania College of Optometry Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Awards and Honors
Winner, First Place, "Best Beside Manner" by Our Health Magazine: 2012, 2013, 2014 Winner, First Place, "Best Eye Doctor" by The Roanoke Times: 2013, 2014 Recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, December, 2006 Recipient of the Onofrey G. Rybachok Memorial Scholarship, 2000-2001 Member: The Golden Key International Honor Society Member: The National Biological Honor Society Member: The National Honor Society Eagle Scout awarded 1994

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.