We are all well-aware of the common eye disorders out there. Glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, they’re all old hat; boring, if you will. Your grandma probably has them, and what’s interesting about that?*

I’m here today to show you the weird of the weird, the strange of the strange! These are eye disorders that will make your skin crawl, and make even the most devoutly atheist among you fervently thank the god you don’t believe in that you don’t have it. Okay, not really, but they are still pretty weird! Here are some of the strangest eye disorders that we still don’t have a cure for, and the ones that you, without a doubt, do not want to contract.

4. Aniridia Eye Disorder

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without your iris? Probably not, and if you have, there’s even something seriously wrong with you, or you like drawing Anime characters.

In any case, strangely enough, there’s actually a disease out there, called Aniridia, which causes the irises of the eyes to almost completely disappear. The result is a strangely beautiful, oddly discomforting, fully colored eye. Oh, and blindness. Blindness is also a result of Aniridia.

Now, if you’re wondering where the iris went, well, it’s not actually gone. In reality, it’s gone completely transparent, a result of the TE PAX6 gene. Not as interesting as the iris simply disappearing, but still interesting, and extremely terrifying.

3. Pterygium Conjunctiva

Pterygium Conjunctiva refers to a growth of the conjunctiva, and is normally completely benign (though it can cause blindness in extreme cases). However, what makes this somewhat rare, mostly harmless disease so strange is not the affect it has on your sight, but rather the strange damage it causes to your eye itself. Just look at it!

Yup, if you’re looking at that and wondering if you should grab your surfboard (which, if you are, again, what’s wrong with you?), then you’ve probably already guessed this disorder’s secondary name: surfer’s eye. Causing a strange, wavelike swirl to grow from the nasal side of the sclera, this disease turns your eye into a surfer’s paradise, a result of exposure to the sun’s rays passing laterally through the cornea. The only way to get rid of it, unfortunately, is through surgery; but, if it stays that pretty, you might start to wonder if you actually want to get rid of it. Which, you do. Trust me; you really do.

 

2. Red Eye

Before you scoff, no; this is not the thing that happens when you have a crappy camera. This disease, the result of illness, injury, or a conjunctivitis condition, causes the sclera to take on a deep, reddish hue and, in extreme cases, can look like this:

Yup, that’s not movie makeup, and that is not someone about to turn into a werewolf. That is the result of bad luck, pain, and, of course, a shoddy draw from the gene pool. As far as eye disorders go, this one’s pretty bad; but, few get worse than…

1.Microphtalmia

Caution: if you don’t enjoy a) sad pictures of young kids with a horrific eye disease or b) graphic/disgusting eye growths, you may want to look away. Microphtalmia is one of the most terrifying looking diseases on this list and, of course, it is also one of the most harmful. Not only can it cause blindness, it can also result in a loss of your entire eye, as well as an unfortunate amount of pain. Oh, and did we mention this is what it looks like?

*Shudder*

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether or not our bodies really like to screw us over, or if the god that’s out there really is just a boy with a magnifying glass. Anyways, I hope I didn’t haunt your dreams too much; thanks for reading!

*Meant for comedic purposes. Nothing against your grandma—or sufferers of these diseases—whatsoever!

 
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Tyler Fleck is a multi-purpose blogger, writing on the behalf of Thomas Swanson, an optometrist in Roseville, CA. If you’re looking for more information about eye/vision disorders, or need an optometrist for general eye care, check out Thomas Swanson Optometry. Thanks for reading!
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