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What could cause or be related to holes in the iris of the eye?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Need more info: I am not sure what "holes" you refer to. If you have in mind black "dots" occasionally seen in one's iris, those are benign lesions that just don't have a normal pigment accumulation. If you do have symptoms or those "holes" are just bothersome in appearance, it won't hurt to consult optometrist or ophthalmologist for an in-depth exam.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Several conditions: True holes in the iris can be created surgically, caused by trauma, or arise from certain congenital or genetic defects. Often, there can be the appearance of a hole caused either by an area of thick iris surrounding a region with less pigment (this really is a "valley" called a crypt), or a dark freckle (nevus) on a lighter iris.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What exactly can cause or have something to do with holes in the iris of the eye?

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Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 50 years experience
Surgery/ congenital: I am assuming you do not mean the pupil which is the hole in the center of the iris that allows light to enter the eye. The usual cause is eye surgery. Holes or openings are made in the iris to treat or prevent certain conditions such as narrow angle glaucoma. Some people are born with defects in the iris called coloboma. Injuries can also cause iris problems.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What could be related to holes in the iris of the eye?

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Dr. Michael Questell
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Iris holes: Holes in the iris may be congenital and of various shapes where the edges of the iris do not close completely. Holes can also result from trauma to the eye. The effect on vision depends on the size, shape and position of the hole or holes.

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