Heterochromia means different colors, and while it could be used to describe many things, it typically is used in reference to differently colored eyes.

The amount of melanin in the iris determines whether you have blue, green, hazel, or brown eyes. Blue eyes have the least amount of melanin in the iris; brown eyes have the most.

Heterochromia is generally benign and not harmful. It doesn’t affect eye health or vision. There are some rare conditions that cause eye problems at coincide with heterochromia, but again, they are rare.

The difference in iris color can be complete, partial, or central.

  • Complete: One entire iris is darker than the other eye.
  • Sectoral: Like pie wedges in Trivial Pursuit, only portions of the iris may be darker than others.
  • Central: Like a bullseye, then central portion (near the pupil) will have a different color than the edges.

Picture2Here’s a list of some famous people with heterochromia*:

  • Gracie Allen
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
  • Elizabeth Berkley
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Henry Cavill
  • Garrett Clayton
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Norma Eberhardt
  • Alice Eve
  • James Forde
  • Alyson Hannigan
  • Josh Henderson
  • Mila Kunis
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Colleen Moore
  • Simon Pegg
  • Joe Pesci
  • Jane Seymour
  • Dominic Sherwood
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Christopher Walken
  • Olivia Wilde
  • La La Anthony
  • Max Scherzer

Heterochromia Heterochromia can also be found in animals. Breeds of dogs that commonly exhibit heterochromia include Siberian husky, Australian shepherd, border collie, collie, Shetland sheepdog, Welsh corgi, Great Dane, dachshund, and Chihuahua. Such cat breeds include Turkish Van, Turkish angora, Japanese bobtail and sphynx. Many cats have been bred specifically to have this feature.*

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_heterochromia: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/heterochromia.htm





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