Most people have the same set of eye colors. I, for instance, have both brown eyes. However, a rare few happen to have mismatched eye colors. Their right eye color is different than their left eye color. In medical parlance, this condition is called heterochromia, from the Latin ‘hetero’, which means many, and ‘chromia’, which means color.
The eyes are the first thing I notice about a person, but I’ve been quite surprised by the number of Hollywood stars with different color eyes. Here are three multi-colored celebrity gazes you probably didn’t know about.
Mila has what is referred to as central heterochromia. The pupil on her left eye is surrounded by an extra ring of color, causing what is called a hazel eye effect. Her right eye is color green. As she told Cosmopolitan magazine in 2011, her heterochromia is a result of an injury. Kunis battled with an eye condition called chronic iritis for many years. Iritis is an inflammation of the iris, the colored part of the eye. This caused her to be blind in one eye and so in 2010, she decided to get surgical lens implantation. The surgery corrected her vision, and also left her with brown and green eyes.
Unlike Mila Kunis, Kate Bosworth’s heterochromia is genetic. Bosworth’s left eye is blue and her right eye is brown. Her heterochromia is complete, meaning the entire eye is of the same color. We first got a glimpse of Kate Bosworth’s multi-colored eyes in the film “Superman Returns.” Before that, she used to wear contact lenses to hide her mismatched eyes. The “Superman” director though wanted Bosworth’s eyes just the way they are. As a result, we now have heterochromic Lois Lane dolls, too! How cool is that?
Another actor who starred in a Superman movie, Henry Cavill has partial heterochromia. This means that the same eye has two different colors. Henry’s left eye, for example, is both blue and brown. Other celebrities with partial heterochromia are Kiefer Sutherland, Simon Pegg, Idina Menzel, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Will my eye color change if I get LASIK?
Heterochromia is the only defect perhaps that is socially celebrated. People find mismatched eyes unique and beautiful. Some people even wear mismatched colored lenses to achieve this effect.
In Houston, according to top LASIK specialist, Amjad Khokhar of Houston LASIK & Eye in Texas, LASIK changes the shape of the cornea, not the color of your iris. Laser eye surgery will correct your vision so you no longer have to hide your beautiful eyes behind glasses.
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About the Author
Amjad Khokhar, M.D. is Chief LASIK Surgeon at Houston LASIK & Eye. Add Dr. Khokhar on Google+ here.