“Heterochromia is in reference to your eyes, which I have to say are stunning. One green; one blue. It’s a mutation. It’s a very groovy mutation. I’ve got news for you, Amy. You are a mutant.” – Charles Xavier
Mutant and Proud
When the last time someone called you a mutant, but you let that person buy you a drink anyway? If you’re a normal human being, it probably wasn’t any time recently. If the man in question was James McAvoy, now that’s a different story.
If you’ve seen X-Men: First Class, you may remember that scene where a young Charles Xavier first meets a student named Amy. He calls her a mutant because one of her eyes is blue and the other is green. At first she is offended, like any sane woman would be. But in true Charles Xavier fashion, he smooth-talks his way out of it, and she eventually agrees to reclaim the term saying she is “mutant and proud.”
What Do Central Heterochromia And X-Men Have in Common?
The mutation that future Dr. X refers to is heterochromia, a genetic mutation that affects pigmentation in your eyes. It is often passed down from your parents (hereditary), but it can also be acquired from a disease or injury.
There are three types of heterochromia:
- Complete* – each eye is a different colo
- Sectoral* – one iris has a segment of color that is different than the rest of the eye
- Central* – the eye has a different color radiating out from the pupil
If you have complete, sectoral, or central heterochromia, you can proudly call yourself a mutant, too. It may not give you superpowers like Dr. X, but it truly is a “groovy mutation” that is pretty awesome to look at.
If you notice a sudden appearance of complete, sectoral, or central heterochromia after you are ill or injured, visit your local FastMed Urgent Care for an examination.