“In the Army whenever we had to put camo on our faces I always looked the coolest.”

I had a music teacher in second grade that asked me, “why do you think you’re so special?” I was without a doubt acting out in some fashion (I never took music class very seriously). In response, I told her, “I’m unique because I have two different colored eyes.” Seemly she was asking a rhetorical question… I spent the rest of second-grade shelving books in the library during music class.

I look rather young for my age… and I once took a rather terrible drivers license photo (didn’t really look like me). Under the section of the driver’s license that says eye color mine says: DI (that is what they put in Oklahoma for eye color if your eyes don’t match). But on to the point… I’ve had several instances of trying to buy alcohol where the clerk flat out told me that he didn’t believe my license was actually me… At which point I would ask, “Do you really think I went around looking for and then subsequently found another guy who looks similar to me, who also happens to have two different colored eyes, and then somehow managed to convince him to give me his license all so I could come in here and convince you to sell me a bottle of wine?” They always ended up selling me the wine, which they should have. Would have been a brilliant plan if I wasn’t actually old enough to buy alcohol and I had done all those things.

In the Army whenever we had to put camo on our faces I always looked the coolest.

I’ve had a few girls bring up the movie, Practical Magic where the little girl wishes for a guy who could never exist and one of the things she asks for is that his eyes are different colors… So I’ve been a hit with girls who like that movie.

(link to the scene where she makes the wish [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx4v5FcBARE ])

“Funny the thing is that in flight attendant school a teacher told me that I should really get a correcting-contact lens, otherwise I will never get hired with such weird “condition”.”

When I was a little girl my parents were not fully aware of my “special” eyes, but the neighbours thought there was something wrong with me and so they took me to the doctor who just laughed and told them there’s nothing to worry about. Later on, colleagues at school/highschool/university/flight attendant school often told me that i may have lost a contact lens.. joke was on them obviously as I asked them to help me find it! Funny the thing is that in flight attendant school a teacher told me that I should really get a correcting-contact lens, otherwise I will never get hired with such weird “condition”. I’ve been a successful flight attendant ever since, I have been flying for 5 years now and most of the people who notice my eyes find them fascinating ,so it has never been a minus Although I haven’t been able to be a part of your project (yet) I would like to thank you for making heterochromia seem so special in the eyes of everyone!

Heterochromia stories

“Do you see same through both eyes?” :)

Heterochromia Project

Heterochromia man :)

Heterochromia Project

When I asked him if he has some interesting stories about Heterochromia he replied “emm such as people asking me if pigeon just pooped in my eye, or what?:)”

People can be cruel sometimes, great to be able to lough about it now 🙂

Beautiful Heterochromia

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One more beautiful Heterochromia story :)

Heterochromia
Heterochromia

I was born in 1968 with this brownish streak in my eye that my mom thought was a problem.  She took me to the doc who stated it was a “birth mark”.  Even later on I worked for an endocrinology clinic who deal with diabetic retinopathy and an ophthalmologist was passing out business cards visiting our clinic to whom I inquired about the “birth mark” and he stated it was a nevus.  Not until my little cuz through marriage got “diagnosed” did I find an actual name for it.

My mom almost named me Bethany but dad said you named the first 2 so I’m naming her Karen. Well through the FB groups that I joined related to heterochromia, I found that some believe it’s a way to find your soul mate in the next life. Well I found mine to whom I’ve been married for over 29 years. I find it ironic that I almost didn’t get a K name but ended up marrying a man whose last name starts and ends with a K. 29 years, there must be something to that story about finding your soul mate in the next life !

World Peace, Karen

“My older brother hated going trick or treating with me on Halloween because, no matter our costumes or masks, people always knew who we were because of my eyes.”

Self Portrait Roxi
Self Portrait Roxi

“Having heterochromia, one brown eye and one blue eye,  was not a problem for me. When most people notice they think it is cool.  I have had stupid questions such as “did you know you have two different coloured eyes?” to which I usually answered “really? get me a mirror!”.  I do recall some adults being fearful of me and after reading about how witches were persecuted for such things, I always felt that I would have been burnt at the stake for having my eyes, a heart shaped birthmark and an extra nipple.

I had some fun with it in school by asking my teachers to get out of class to deal with my “contact lens” so I could sneak off to the washroom for a quick smoke and one time I had several people in the bar looking for my “lost contact lens”.

I did have one boyfriend, who after several months of going out with him didn’t know the colour of my eyes, that relationship didn’t last long after that.

I have met a few other people with eyes like mine, including a black woman in the Caribbean. I went up to her and commented that she has eyes like mine but hers were more distinct. On another note, my Mother picked out a puppy, from a litter we had, before the pups had opened their eyes.  When her chosen pup opened her eyes, they were like mine one brown and one blue, so my Mum had both a daughter and a dog with different coloured eyes.

My older brother hated going trick or treating with me on Halloween because, no matter our costumes or masks, people always knew who we were because of my eyes.

I have created many paintings with people and animals with two different coloured eyes, a “self-portrait” or homage to self at least.  If I had to have both eyes of the same colour, I would choose blue, as most of my family has blue eyes.  Apparently, there is a cousin in Scotland who also has eyes like mine and my cousin’s granddaughter has a sectoral bit of brown in on of her blue eyes.  She calls her eyes rainbow coloured.
Last summer, while hanging out at the pool in our complex, a young thirteen-year-old boy was chatting with me.  He asked my name then asked if I was the one who had two different coloured eyes, to which I said yes.  He asked to see them then promptly declared me a mutant, possibly the highest form of compliment one could get from a thirteen-year-old boy!

You can see my eyes quite clearly in this recent photo and some my new glasses seem to show them off even better.

Cheers Roxi”

Heterochromia Research Yuna from Final Fantasy X

Heterochromia Yuna

That’s so awesome to discover new things about heterochromia again and again 🙂

Today, I have found this character – Yuna, She was first introduced as the female protagonist and one of the main playable characters of the 2001role-playing video game Final Fantasy X, appearing as a summoner embarking on a journey to defeat the world-threatening monster Sin.

Yuna is introduced as a summoner who can use healing magic and is able to summon powerful magical entities called aeons with help from spirits known as Fayths.

Isn’t it awesome 🙂 ?

Love it!

Maria

Heterochromia from Denmark :)

Heterochromia project
Heterochromia project

Hi Maria 🙂

Don’t thank me, I’m honored to be part of your project. You take beautiful pictures and I look forward to you taking mine!

I never understood peoples fascination with my eyes, seeing your pictures I get it. They really show the amazing effect of heterochromia 🙂

How heterochromia affected my life? Not a whole lot apart from when I see medical proffesionals, doctors, nurses, fysiotherapists, vets, my dentist, going  to the pharmacy.

I didn’t realise how unusual my eye colour was until I was in my early twenties, when some people noticed and made a big fuss over it. I was also hospitalised a couple of times in this period and realised medical staff look into your eyes a lot, and they had a funny reaction when they saw mine.

Since then whenever I go to a doctor (or similar), after the ususal introduction is made, handshake and name, I wait for that smile that indicates the person has seen my heterochromia – and usual wait half a minute, a minute, for it to sink in.

They never say anything, they just stare and smile. Those who are nearsighted can get very close, almost overstepping the threshold of my personal sphere. It can get to a point where it is annoying, and I feel like a freak show. Sometimes I deliberately avert my eyes and avoid eye contact.

Still if I should lose one eye and get a fake eye with the same colour as the other one, I know I will miss it 🙂 It is nice to be a little bit special after all.

One story comes to mind: When I was very young,I had this crush on a musician and one time spend the night with him before he went off to the next town on his tour. We stood outside his hotel and I just wanted him to remember me. That if we accidentally met on the street in London or New York he’d know who I was.

At that moment the sun came into my eyes and he exclaimed: You have two different eye colours, that’s amazing!

I knew then he’d never forget me 🙂

I look forward to meeting you Maria. I gave a date on the form, but I am available most days for the next couple of months, except august first. So come when you have the time.

Rikke

Heterochromia from Berlin (Sweden) – Lars

Heterochromia portrait

I have found Lars via internet while researching Heterochromia 🙂 there was a really nice album on Band Camp called “Heterochromia” and, naturally, I just found him and asked if he has one 🙂

The answer was positive, and I was “hunting” while he will have any concerts closer to the Netherlands 🙂

So here we were, concert in Amsterdam Spring 2015! yay!

Lars stayed at our house whereby I photographed him,  it was great pleasure to meet him in person and spend some time with this amazingly creative and generous person.

I think he is one of the most talented musicians I ever came across.

I am sure he will be very famous very soon.