An 82-year-old Hispanic female presented for an evaluation of new visual symptoms. She reported that the day prior, she had seen colorful horizontal lines in the left eye for several hours. The visual phenomenon eventually subsided, and her vision returned to baseline.
Eye color is a noticeable trait to anyone, but the impact it has for the eyecare provider is novel. While one may notice and appreciate variability in eye color and how it affects physical appearance, to the trained practitioner it may also serve as a harbinger of disease. The roles of both the structure and pigment of the iris have been well-studied features in many ocular disease processes. As such, it is important to take this into consideration when examining the iris, paying close attention to intricacies that may coincide with potentially harmful conditions.
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