Medical Iridology

The Ottawa Citizen
Health - Alternative Therapies
Tuesday, August 18, 1998

Patterns in the Iris Tell Tales
About the Body

By Becky Reynor

Photo: Vajarov

Iris Analysis or Iridology

What is it? Iris analysis is an ancient method of identifying genetic weakness, illness or disease by studying the coloured part (the iris) of the eye. It works on the premise that every organ and every part of the body is "mapped" on a specific part of the iris. Pictures of the iris are taken, magnified, then analyzed. The practitioner will also examine the iris with a magnifying glass and small flashlight to further study discolorations or structural changes in the iris.

It is still early — barely 9:30 in the morning — and I am being confronted by four huge, surprisingly bloodshot, eyes. To add insult to injury, they are my own. At least, they are pictures of my eyes — the irises, to be specific — twenty times their normal size.

The pictures were taken by Krassimir Vajarov, a specialist in iris analysis or iridology. " It is good news," he says of his analysis. Frankly, I find that hard to believe with those four, flat, brownish — green orbs starting up from the table at me. ( "Swamp-water green" is what my father still calls that particular hue.) Iris Analysis is the science of using that coloured part of the eye, the area around the pupil, to analyze the rest of the body. It works on the premise that each organ, every part of the body, is mapped to a specific area on the iris.

The iris is made up of millions of ultra-fine wavy fibers. Mr. Vajarov says in a perfectly healthy body those fibers would be tightly packed and radiating straight out from the pupils. He says discoloration or changes in the structure of the iris can help identify genetic weaknesses, illnesses or disease, or the accumulation of toxic substances in the body. For example, Mr. Vajarov points to a dark spot on my right iris, which corresponds to my duodenum, or the upper part of the small intestine.

"This shows a weakness of the mucous membrane, although it is not active now", he says. This shows a predisposition to ulcer. True enough, I had an ulcer in my early twenties. " Is there anyone in your family with this problem?" he queries. In fact, my father has also suffered from ulcers: could it have something to do with sharing those same swampy eyes? Mr. Vajarov says it could, in fact, be genetic. Another discoloration on my iris shows a weakness on the middle lobe of my right lung. "This was long time ago," he says, possibly the result of several past bouts of bronchitis. " In the future, "Mr. Vajarov cautions, " do not allow any respiratory inflammation to go on too long. Make sure you get treatment right away".

He continues down a long list of pancreas, kidneys, blood pressure - he guesses mine is low, and he is right again - adrenal glands, a predisposition to muscular and skeletal disturbances and he recommends more exercise, such as yoga. The good news he initially promised is that my "constitution is very good, and recuperative powers are very strong."

Records show iris analysis has been used in Europe as far back as 17th century. It is now gaining recognition in North America. Mr. Vajarov, who was an eye doctor in his native Bulgaria, recalls a medical colleague once challenging him to prove its effectiveness. "He decided to test me . He told me nothing, he just said "what kind of disease can you see in my eyes?" I told him to check his kidneys. A few days later, he passed a kidney stone. After this he went for an ultrasound. It confirmed he has more kidney stones. After this, he started to send patients to me. But Mr. Vajarov doesn't claim to "see all" when doing an iris analysis.

"Some diseases develop in the body, but they won't show up in the eye. We don't know why. Research is still being done on this ." But he believes "an annual iridology check-up may save years of misery and ill health. It is valuable because it not only guides you to the right treatment for a condition or symptom, it can nip disease in the bud". He feels it is particularly important to have children analyzed. "Iris analysis," he says, is "preventive. It is better to prevent than cure. Sometimes, it is too late to cure."