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

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Pavel Conovalciuc
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