“My most prominent memories involving my heterochromia are when I was younger. These boys living in the apartment building next to ours would pick on me and call me “zombie girl” and pretend to run from me.”

My most prominent memories involving my heterochromia are when I was younger. These boys living in the apartment building next to ours would pick on me and call me “zombie girl” and pretend to run from me. Even if I had no interest or was walking somewhere else. No one told me what it was they just said I have hazel eyes which frustrated me because I knew hazel was a brownish color and my eyes are so green. Only as an adult did I find out I have heterochromia (from my eye doctor). I have central and sectoral heterochromia. I also have distichiasis which can be irritating and painful when lashes grow right into my eyes. I very often get accused of wearing colored contacts. Heterochromia is not known to be genetic but both of my children have it. My son has complete heterochromia (one green eye and one blue) and my daughter has central and sectoral het. I teach them to embrace the beauty of their differences. They aren’t ashamed or embarrassed like I was. And thankfully they’ve not had to hear people asking “what’s wrong with your eyes?” I would love it if more research was done. Something ties is all together. It would be great to know what that is.

Heterochromia Project