Being Born With More Than One Pupil in Your Eye


This World is an amazing place. 

There are so many new wonders to behold that try as we may one could never know of them all.

One such extraordinary creation is expressed in the people born with two or more pupils in one eye. With this variation of genetic expression, this condition may manifest itself in varying numbers of ways. 

There may be two pupils and two irises, both completely separated, each with their individual ability to contract in the presence of light. They may exist as one iris and two or more pupils and so forth. It’s as if nature was doing randomized statistics to see how many variations it could create.

Pupula duplex or double irises was mentioned in the old days. It is said to have been a rare condition and was not considered a desirable trait everywhere. It was one that made the owner the object of ridicule and it was thought to be an ‘evil eye’. 

Today, it is disputed whether the condition called Pupula ever existed at all.

Wikipedia states that: In more modern times, this condition is known as Polycoria and is known to be a pathological condition of the eye characterized by more than one pupillary opening in the iris
It may be congenital or result from a disease affecting the iris. It results in decreased function of the iris and pupil, affecting the physical eye and visualization.
In the early history of China, double pupils were seen as a sign that a child would become a great king or sage.

According to, polycoria may be present in childhood but diagnosed in adulthood. It would appear that having twice the number of irises does not improve one’s vision, instead, it actually robs you. Some of the symptoms are blurred vision and double vision.

Notice how the iris in the above picture is not round and seems malformed. Notice that there is also a second smaller pupil present.

According to the literature, if you suffer severe effects, the condition may be treated surgically. 

So many unusual and amazing things in this world. Though having this eye disease is not one of those great things as it affects vision and therefore quality of life. 

Thankfully the condition is said to be relatively rare.

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