Types Of Heterochromia
Just as heterochromia can be the result of a variety of causes, it can also produce a wide range of results. The three categories are complete, segmental, and central heterochromia. Complete heterochromia, also called heterochromia iridum, occurs when the two irises are different colors. Segmental heterochromia, also called heterochromia iridis, occurs when a patch of a different color appears in one iris.
Central heterochromia is more common than the other types, but not nearly as visually striking. It happens when the irises match each other but have a ring of a different color around the pupils. For instance, someone with blue eyes might have a thin ring of hazel or brown around their pupils.
Heterochromia In Folklore
In our culture, heterochromia is merely an intriguing anomaly, but that hasn’t been the case for everyone. Some Native American cultures believe having heterochromia means the person can see into heaven and earth at the same time through different colored eyes. They refer to this as having “Ghost Eyes.” Halfway around the world, Eastern European pagans believed being born with heterochromia meant the person had witch eyes!
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