Seriously Messed Up Human Eyes

One of the first things I notice about someone when I first meet them is their eyes. What colour they are, their shape, whether or not they look “kind” or if they “smile” with their eyes. I love making eye-contact too. However, if I ever were to stare into these Seriously Messed Up Human Eyes, I might not enjoy it as much.

Eyes, like most other parts of our bodies, can come with a number of abnormalities and deformities. Of course there is the basic dry eye, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Then there are more serious issues such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and pterygium.

Many of the photographs of seriously messed up human eyes, however, are displays of pupula duplex or “eyes with two pupils”. The images are often of more than just two pupils, and include two irises in each eyeball as well. The most popular supposed case of pupula duplex is Liu Ch’ung, Chinese Minister of State in 995 AD. Ch’ung has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not and there is a wax rendition of him included in Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax.

The phrase pupula duplex can be dated back to Ovid who referred to the condition as the “Evil Eye”. The meaning, translated from Latin, is literally “double pupil”. While Ovid’s terminology is greatly debated, there are two theories as to what he meant. It could have meant double pupil, but it also could have meant heterochromia, which is the condition of an eye being multiple colors. There is debate over the validity of pupula duplex, however, a very similar condition known as polycoria could certainly resemble two irises. It is described as “a condition in which there are many openings in the iris… True polycoria actually is a condition in which there is more than one pupil and the multiple pupils all have a sphincter and the ability to contract.”

Whatever is wrong with these eyes, they are seriously messed up! To view the photographs on Klyker, visit the link below.

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