9 Unusual And Beautiful Examples Of Heterochromia

A two-photo collage. The first shows a close up of a Mom holding her kid. We can only see one of her eyes, but both of them have sectoral heterochromia eyes that are both blue and brown. The second photo shows a close up of an eye with three different colors in their eyes in three distinct sections.

If you’re like me, when you hear the word “heterochromia,” you imagine someone with two completely different eye colors. For example, someone with one eye that’s entirely blue while the other is brown. Turns out, this is called complete heterochromia, and it’s only one of three types! There’s also sectoral heterochromia, which is when one section of the iris is completely different from the rest, similar to a “slice” or “wedge.”


Finally, there’s central heterochromia. This is when the color around the pupil is entirely different from the outer iris. No matter the exact type, they’re all uniquely beautiful. Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite examples of heterochromia in both humans and our four-legged friends!

1. There are so many cool variations of sectoral heterochromia!

2. Fun fact: Heterochromia is more common in animals than humans!

3. Ooh, what a fun reveal!

@hdhdhjiiwyf It has brown but my other eye is fully blue #hetrochromia #eyes #brown #blue #fyp ♬ original sound – maya

4. Look at those hypnotizing eyes!

5. Like mother, like son!

6. Stella’s gorgeous eyes go perfectly with her split-colored fur.

7. Folks often mistake central heterochromia for hazel eyes — but hazel eyes are a mixture of colors throughout the iris rather than two distinct colors.

@hwth1h im confused #fyp #heterochromia #centralheterochromia ♬ La Siene – ⠒̫⃝🌹

8. Akira’s captivating eyes are sure to melt anyone’s heart in seconds.

9. Turns out, folks with central heterochromia can have more than two colors!

@matcouka the things you learn on tik tok #eyes #centralheterochromia #hazel #rare #fypシ #foryoupage #kindadramatic ♬ original sound – timer edits

Did you already know that there are three different types of heterochromia? Because I had no idea that I have central heterochromia until today — you might want to take a closer look at your own eyes!

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