16 November 2011

Human ocular heterochromia

I've previously written a post about heterochromia in animals (with a couple interesting photos), and mentioned there that some humans have the condition - Dan Aykroyd, David Bowie*, Kiefer Sutherland and Christopher Walken are listed as examples.  Today I encountered a post at Environmental Graffiti that includes a gallery of ten photos of human heterochromia.

*David Bowie has anisocoria, not heterochromia.

(Photo credit Rakesh Ahuja, M.D.)


  1. My grandma is that way. One green eye and one blue eye

  2. David Bowie's eyes are the same color. He just has a broken pupil in one eye from a bar brawl, which makes it look darker.

  3. Shame on you for not mentioning Jane Seymour. ;-)


  4. I have this. Brown and blue. As a youngster it was more pronounced. I am told that I was at times teased about it at the bus stop and my brother and sister would stick up for me although I don't remember any actual incidents.

    As I've aged the contrast has gotten less pronounced. At 52 the brown has faded so not too many people notice or comment like they used to.

    I do remember that it was always a problem deciding what to put on my drivers license as it only allowed room for one abbreviated color. I think I went for blue as I have a small blue patch at the top of my brown eye.

    The pretty blond girl in the link reminded me of a time in high school when I worked at McDonald's and a bus came in and one of the girls looked at me and said "you have two different colored eyes! So do I!" I hadn't noticed until she said that. She too was quite striking. (like the girl in photo, not me)

  5. I too have one brown eye and one blue eye. The link with the photos and info was cool. I've not yet met another person with two different colored eyes.


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