Iridology is a fascinating ancient practice.  Although many refer to it as a pseudoscience it has much to offer in terms of its non-invasive properties and as a tool for preventative care.  Even though it is not widely accepted in the U.S., it is used by practitioners worldwide and it is at least 3,000 years old.

The modern day "father of iridology" was Dr. Ignatz von Peczely of Hungary.  In recent years, the late Dr. Bernard Jensen wrote numerous books on iridology, nutrition and colon health and made major strides towards the understanding and acceptance of this work.

Iridology cannot diagnose disease but it can help health seekers target areas in need of improvement.  Below you will find some basic signs to look for when you are assessing your eyes.

Strong Constitution

Iris sign: Look at the pupil in the center and then look at the fibers that move out from it like spokes on a wagon wheel.  The straighter and closer the fibers, the stronger the constitution.

What it indicates: This person rarely gets ill, is able to recover quicker and responds well to treatments.  The stronger the constitution, the greater the ability to utilize nutrients, eliminate metabolic wastes and perform basic cellular activities.  This person can still fall ill if they do not properly care for their body.

Weak Constitution


Iris sign: Look at the pupil in the center and then look at the fibers that move out from it like spokes on a wagon wheel.  The more irregular and open-spaced the fibers, the weaker the constitution.

What it indicates: This person has a more difficult time maintaining a high level of health and vitality.  Wellness can be achieved but it may take more effort in comparison to a person who has straighter fibers.  The weaker the constitution, the lesser the ability to utilize nutrients, eliminate metabolic wastes and perform basic cellular activities.  Toxic accumulations and mucus congestion are more common with this constitution.

Red, Inflamed Eyes

Iris sign: Look at the sclera, normally the white part of the eye, and you will notice that it is inflamed. 


What it indicates: Inflammation of the vessels in the surface of the sclera.  This may result from dry air, too much sun, dust, an irritation in the eye, allergies, infection, injury, alcohol, smoking or drugs.

Liver & Gallbladder Issues

Iris sign: Look at the sclera, normally the white part of the eye, and you will notice that it has a yellow hue.


What it indicates: Jaundice caused by an obstruction to the flow of bile from the liver.


Iris sign: Look at the center of the pupil and you will see a haze covering the normally black pupil.


What it indicates: Cholesterol build up in the eye as a result of the body's attempt to fight off chronic inflammation and acidosis.

Scurf Rim a.k.a. Skin Ring

Iris sign: Look at the outer edge of the iris and you will see a darker outline. 

What it indicates: This iris characteristic represents an underactive, slowly eliminating skin.  Toxic elements and cellular wastes are accumulating here.  This person may have a weak thyroid which would reduce natural sweating and elimination through the skin, the body's third kidney.

Lymphatic Rosary

Iris sign: Look around the outer edge of the iris.  You will notice what looks like bright lights, a string of pearls or rosary beads.

What it indicates: When the lymph system is not functioning properly, there is a build up of mucus, wastes and toxins.  These spots are a result of lymphatic congestion.  They may also correlate with hardened lymph nodes within the body.

Nerve Rings

Iris sign: Look at the concentric circles around the pupils which resemble growth rings on a tree.


What it indicates: Nerve rings are indicators of excessive nervous tension or stress.  They vary in intensity from acute white to chronic dark.  An individual with nerve rings is in need of relaxation, the elimination of physical disturbances and mental irritations.

Cholesterol Ring

Iris sign: Look for a solid white ring circling the iris.  It varies in its width according to the level of deteriorating health. 

What it indicates: A cholesterol ring is an indication of excessive cholesterol and triglycerides in the body as a result of chronic inflammation and acidosis.

Radii Solaris

Iris sign: Look for elongated and darkened lines that branch out from the pupil like spokes on a wheel. 

What it indicates: The presence of radii solaris is a sign of a toxic, slow moving bowel.  A person with radii solaris would want to spend some time cleansing and detoxifying the bowel and the body.

Drug Deposits

Iris sign: Look for colored spots of various sizes.  They may be yellow, red, orange or other colors.

What it indicates: Drug deposits are generally acquired over a lifetime of taking chemical medications. 

Orange Sulfur

Iris sign: Look for an orange hue throughout the iris.

What it indicatesDeposits of sulfur that are most likely from the chronic use of sulfur based antibiotics.

Macro Iris Photography Taken by Suren Manvelyan


Dr. Morse's Intro to Iridology Video


Some common questions about iridology are listed below: 


Q: What is iridology? 

A: Iridology is the art of analyzing the delicate components of the iris, the colored section of the eye. The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the body through the brain and nervous system. The connection is formed by the optic nerve and the spinal cord.  These connections allow the iris to serve as a visual monitor that can reveal information about inflammation, body constitution and a person's overall health.

Q: What are the limitations of iridology? 

A: Iridology is a tool that can assess the constitutional strength and weaknesses of organs and tissues.  It does not diagnose disease.  Therefore it cannot be used, for example, to recognize the presence of kidney stones, parasites, diabetes or cancer.

Q: How are iris photos taken?

A: Iris photos are taken with a handheld digital iris camera and are instantly viewable on a computer.

Q: Do you take the iris photos at Vibrant Health & Wellness?  If so, what is the cost and who can analyze them for me?

A: I can take the photos for you for a fee of $25.  I will take three photos of each eye.  Since I am not formally educated on iris analysis I do not offer that as a service but I can refer you to a practitioner who can provide you with a written report if desired.