As a theologian, I have always been fascinated and intrigued by people with different eye colors, especially a complete color difference in the same eye, medically known as central heterochromia.
I once read that these people could see into the future. To satisfy my curiosity, I conducted thorough research on central heterochromia.
I divided my research into two; interview clergy members for their opinions and read available material on the subject. I began by interviewing several members of the clergy from the nearby churches.
After that, I visited a nearby public library where I read many books about central heterochromia.
Recently, while I was teaching a theology class in the local community college, my students started an argument about central heterochromia. The topic of the day was religion and superstition.
Some argued that people with central heterochromia were special and could reliably foresee future events. In contrast, others thought that these people were normal and there was nothing extraordinary about them.
The students turned to me as the lecturer to help settle the debate. Armed with the findings and conclusions from my past research on central heterochromia, I gave them a detailed answer.
So, is there a spiritual meaning of central heterochromia?
The Bible does not mention any spiritual meaning of central heterochromia. But some people believe that people with this eye color have special powers. Some believe that these people are both good and evil. Still, others believe people with central heterochromia are shapeshifters, and they can transform from a person into another creature, like a wolf.
I invite you to join me in this article as I discuss the causes of central heterochromia, the associated spiritual beliefs, superstitions, and more. Keep reading for more information.
The causes of central heterochromia can be divided into two; inherited (genetics) and acquired causes. Inherited central heterochromia is the most common, with the main causes being genes passed on from parents and rarely genetic diseases and syndromes (the condition starts showing in young children).
In this case, you will need a proper diagnosis to check for any underlying condition in a child’s body believed to have central heterochromia.
Acquired central heterochromia means the condition develops in later stages of life. It is a rare type of central heterochromia. In this case, the cause is either injury to the eye or a medical condition or disease.
The medical conditions and diseases that cause central heterochromia (acquired) are:
- Glaucoma. An eye disease that causes nerve damage to the eyes. If not treated, it may lead to eyesight loss.
- Diabetes mellitus. Excess sugar in the blood blocks the blood vessels in the eyes.
- Acquired Hornor’s syndrome. Affects the pigmentation of the eyes, making them lighter in color. If there are variations in the color of the iris, it may result in central heterochromia.
- Iris ectropion syndrome. It makes the whole or part of the iris lose normal color resulting in central heterochromia.
- Pigment dispersion syndrome. Since pigment determines the color of the iris, when the color is dispersed, you may develop central heterochromia.
- Iris tumors. They develop around or in the iris, which may make it lose some of its natural color hence developing into central heterochromia.
- Eye swelling. Caused mostly by other infections. If not treated properly, it may cause central heterochromia.
Central heterochromia means the iris has two different colors. The eye contains three parts; the eye-white (sclera), the iris, and the pupil. The pupil is the small innermost part of the eye.
The iris, which determines the color of the eye, is the one surrounding the pupil. The iris has a single color for a normal eye, with brown being the most common.
For a small number of people, the iris has two colors. It appears to have an inner ring and an outer ring. If you can see two different colors in your iris when you look at yourself in the mirror, then you have central heterochromia.
Many people from different cultures have their own supernatural beliefs about central heterochromia. The following are the most common.
In some cultures, those with central heterochromia are believed to have a special connection to the spirit world because these people believe the eyes to be the windows of the soul.
They believe that higher powers guide these people.
Some believe people with central heterochromia have special abilities and powers. Some believe that people with these eyes can foresee the future, while others can be telepathic.
The special abilities are seen as a gift from the supernatural world which should be used for the good of all.
In many cultures, different physical characteristics are seen as a sign of a unique and special person. People with distinct bodily traits, like central heterochromia, are revered and highly regarded in these cultures.
It is common to see people with central heterochromia or other rare physical traits given great responsibilities or positions of power in these cultures.
Some communities believe people with central heterochromia can draw others to themselves. These cultures associate the different colors of the eyes with the ability to hypnotize others.
It was believed people with these eyes could influence the decisions of others simply by looking at them. They also believed people with different colored eyes were natural-born leaders.
Since the different colors can co-exist harmoniously in the same eye, some believe those with central heterochromia achieve greater balance and equilibrium in their lives.
They believe that there are no irrational actions or thoughts in these people and that whatever they do must be the right thing.
Some people believe that individuals with central heterochromia enjoy greater success in life. This rare and unique condition is considered to mean distinction and separation from the common people.
These cultures believe that if you are unique, you should also naturally stand out.
Since the iris has two independent looks, some believe this is a sign of independence. People with central heterochromia are thought to be highly independent, with high self-esteem, and possess great egos.
These people are believed to never ask for help from anyone.
Some people believe that individuals with central heterochromia are open-minded and can accommodate diverse viewpoints.
These people are believed to welcome new ideas and are never afraid to think outside the box. In other words, people with central heterochromia are believed to be innovative and to love innovation.
Some believe that two different colored parts of the same iris represent unity. These people believe individuals with central heterochromia are welcoming and easy to befriend.
People with two-colored eyes are believed to have a special way of bringing people together for a common cause.
Some cultures believe people with central heterochromia are naturally wise and far-sighted. They are believed to show great knowledge, wisdom, and expertise in everything they do. The decisions they make are believed to be right and just.
Throughout many different cultures and communities, there are many superstitions and myths surrounding central heterochromia. The following are a few examples of these myths and superstitions.
- Supernatural and divine. In many cultures, people with central heterochromia are believed to come from supernatural realms. They are also believed to be the chosen people by the gods.
- Good and evil. Many cultures think that people with central heterochromia are both good and evil.
- Shapeshifters. Some believe people with central heterochromia can change into other forms or creatures. It is believed that their eyes show who they truly are.
- Good and bad omens. While some cultures consider people with central heterochromia as bearers of good fortune, others believe they signify disaster or calamity.
- Great destiny. Some cultures believe that once a child is born with central heterochromia, they are destined to be great individuals.
It has been estimated that less than 1% of the people in the world have different colors of eyes. That fact alone makes these people special because they are rare.
But that is as far as them being special gets.
Medically, there is nothing different in terms of sight between uniformly colored eyes and differently colored eyes. Unless you believe in superstitions and myths, people with different colors of eyes are just like everybody else.
Throughout history, different cultures and communities have held different myths about people with heterochromia. In Eastern Europe, those born with heterochromia were believed to have the witches’ eyes. It is important to note that these people were pagans and superstitious.
The inherited central heterochromia will not affect your sight or vision. In other words, it is harmless and does not need to be treated.
However, taking a young child to the doctor for a checkup is advisable to establish if the condition is natural or if it is due to other inherited conditions and diseases.
For acquired central heterochromia, you are advised to consult a doctor immediately after seeing the color change in your eyes.
In this case, the doctor will diagnose the underlying condition, and after treatment, the color change in your eyes will go away naturally.
For the genetic central heterochromia, there is nothing to worry about. It does not affect your eyes in any way. For acquired central heterochromia, you should see a doctor for the underlying condition or disease to be diagnosed and treated.
For the many superstitions, beliefs, and myths surrounding central heterochromia, you have nothing to worry about if you truly believe in God.
Remember what the Bible says in Psalm 9:10, if you put your trust in the Lord, He will never forsake you. No superstition, belief, or myth can beat the will of God.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.