Iridology (pronounced eye-ri-dol'-ogy) is the science of studying and analysing the reflex signs in the iris corresponding to conditions (pathology) within the body. The iris shows changes that are occurring in the body and reveals abnormal tissue conditions. By examining the colours, components of the iris, pupil and sclera one can use this information to demonstrate a patient's susceptibility towards certain illnesses, reflect past medical problems, and predict future health risks. The iris is the living image of what the eye has been, what it is, and even what it can become. The iris is like a chalkboard which does not get erased.
Assessing health through studying the eyes is thought to date back at least as far as ancient Greece and Hippocrates. In modern times, Iridology came into practice in the mid 1800’s out of Budapest, Hungary, from a physician known as Ignatz Von Peczely (1826-1911). As a boy, Peczely was said to have observed how the iris of an owl changed, first when it suffered a broken leg and then as it got better. He went on to make observations of the human iris, often being able to predict someone’s impending illness. After qualifying as a doctor and making many clinical observations, he published the first early charts of the iris.
Dr. Henry Lane, an Austrian medical doctor, brought Iridology over to the U.S. in the late 1800’s. Iridology became internationally accepted in 1952 through the work of Dr. Bernard Jensen, an American Iridologist who was considered to be the leading authority on Iridology in the world during his lifetime (1908-2001). Dr. Bernard Jensen, put it this way:
"Nerve fibres in the iris respond to changes in body tissues by manifesting a reflex physiology that corresponds to specific tissue changes and locations."
This means that a bodily condition will translate to a noticeable change in the appearance of the iris. Doctor Bernard Jensen drew up an extremely detailed iris chart in 1950 relating all of the organs and systems of the body to different parts of the iris. Since then, other similar charts have grown out of clinical experience in Europe and the UK.
When people notice an attractive person, the first thing they may notice is the other person’s eyes, often referred to the windows of the soul. When you look into someone’s eye’s you can often tell how the person is feeling, if they are lying, angry, ill or in love. When people are tired or not feeling well, their eyes will lack the usual sparkle or appear dull. Not only are the eyes the windows of the soul, they are also the map to our bodies. Although some people believe their eye colour never changes throughout their lives, there are noticeable changes as we grow older or our health changes. These changes can appear as marks or clouds in the iris, the pupils, or sclera of your eyes.
Simply described, the iris contains bundles of thousands of nerve fibres and is a reflection of the entire body. It is connected to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the brain and central nervous system via the optic nerve which in turn, connects to the central nervous system (CNS), the main communication link to everything that goes on in the body.
Think of your brain as your body’s ‘hard drive;’ it remembers everything that ever happened to your body. Your iris is then like the ‘file folder.’ So ‘reading’ the iris to find out what is going on in the body is similar to how one reads a computer screen to access what’s in a computer.
The nerve fibres and trabeculae (iris fibres), respond specifically to tissue and organ conditions with a corresponding physiological reflex manifested in the iris as lesions and colour variations. The pigment changes on the surface occur because of the capillary circulation bringing pigment to these areas. Inflammatory areas can manifest as white signs. Dark markings are caused by loss of substance or deterioration of tissue created by atrophy and disruption of nerve and muscle fibres on the surface of the iris, or depressions, and lacunae in deeper tissue.