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Torn Iris



About 12 years ago, I had a blunt trauma to my right eye that left a partially torn iris. The pupil still dilates with changing light, but not synchronously with the left eye, which leads to eye soreness. Is there a surgical option to repair the torn iris?


There is no surgical option for a partially torn iris, but there are tinted cosmetic contact lenses that can mask the traumatized area. There are even cosmetic contact lenses that have color-matched irises and a round (but fixed) pupillary area for very severe cases of iris trauma.

Ask your eye doctor about one or both of these options.

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University