According to foreign media CNET, the typical eye colors that an optometrist would typically see include black, blue, green and brown. But an ophthalmologist in Texas has had a strange encounter: a patient’s eye looks like Sauron’s eye.
A 44-year-old man walked into his office and stopped and set up a patient care file. The man had no specific discomfort other than his family history of glaucoma. The New England Journal of Medicine describes its eyes as those with “circular spoke-shaped iris impermeable defects”, which make it look like the Sauron eye in The Lord of the Rings.
Doctors diagnosed the man with pigmentation syndrome, a rare genetic condition. According to Ars Technica, pigment dispersal syndrome occurs when pigment particles that are often attached to the back of the iris are dehydrated into the transparent watery liquid in the eye. This may eventually damage the optic nerve.
“Patients were treated with selective laser girder forming, but continued to use antihypertensive eye drops to control eye pressure,” the doctor said in a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. “