Ophthalmology & Optometry/Heterochromia?


For most of my life (I am 19 years of age), I've considered myself to have amber eyes. However, I've recently noticed that one eye appears to be a different, more hazel-y/greenish color than the other (photo attached). It's not a huge difference, but other people have said that they, too, can see a discrepancy in color. I googled 'different colored eyes' and learned that there is something called heterochromia- is this what is making my eyes seem to be different colors/do I have this condition? Or am I just seeing things (no pun intended)?
Thank you!

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

Dear Maddie in most cases different colored irises are normal and heterochromia can be the cause of certain ailments or associated with certain conditions .you need to get a dilated fundus exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist to rule that out -otherwise if it's normal don't worry about it . and if you're self-conscious about it you can always get contact lenses to match the color of the eyes.   Good luck.  By the way. Your pictures  are excellent  

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