Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kenzie's cool eye........

I had lunch with my handsome first born son, Mackenzie, last Friday and while we were sitting in the brightly lit cafe, I was really noticing his eye, so I took a few pictures. I have wanted to show this to all my blogging friends for quite some time and discuss it with you. Can you see the shape of his pupil? It is shaped like a keyhole. He was born with it.
The medical term for this anomaly is "coloboma" and it occurred when he was developing when I was pregnant with him. This is what it says in Wikipedia:

A coloboma is a hole in one of the structures of the eye, such as the lens, eyelid, iris, retina, choroid or optic disc. The hole is present from birth and can be caused when a gap called the choroid fissure between two structures in the eye, which is present early in development in the uterus, fails to close up completely before a child is born. The classical description in medical literature is of a key-hole shaped defect. A coloboma can occur in one or both eyes.
Our pediatrician discovered it when Mackenzie was first born. It has never caused him any problems. He has perfect vision. The only thing he notices is that he is more sensitive than most people to the sun and bright lights. He also does get frequent headaches, which I have always wondered was connected to this disorder.
Oh, I know I'm his mom, but what a handsome guy! Most people don't notice his pupil unless he is in the bright light. He says women notice it more than men. I would say that 99.9% of the people who talk to him about it think it is cool! I have always thought it was a cool birthmark.
You can kind of see it in this baby picture of him. What a cute little baby he was too!
Here's a picture of him when he was about 2 years old. He had just gotten up and was really sleepy in this picture. What a cutie pie!
The coloboma is really clear in this picture. It is in his right eye, but his left pupil also has just a tad bit of it too. His eyes used to be bright blue and now they have turned to a green-brown.
What a unique birthmark. Have any of you bloggers out there heard of this or know anybody with one?
Here's a beautiful picture of Mackenzie and his new wife Brittany on their honeymoon. In this picture you can just barely tell that one of his pupils is larger than the other. It has not hurt his looks any.........that's for sure! I think he is such a handsome guy!!! I always thought he should use the keyhole pupil as his logo on his music and graphic artwork!

"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." Psalm 119:18

"But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." Matthew 13:16

Love, Sharon


grey like snuffie said...

Never heard of it...makes me even more in awe of God's creation...the human many intricate details that we don't even think about. And you're right...very handsome.

TeamKeiling said...

That's so neat! I have never seen that before or heard about it. How unique!
I am sure you are very proud of your handsome, gentleman son.
I love the honeymoon pic!
They are such a beautiful couple :)

Judy said...

I have never heard of that before, very interesting. If ever I'm over in Oregon I would love to meet you. I have met two of my blogging friends and it's awesome.
Your post on Haley is nice.

Lori said...

It looks like I missed my opportunity while I was in Oregon a week ago. I am in Oregon often due to so much family living there. I also lived in Oregon for most of my life. My father-in-law is an eye doctor, and I have worked in the business a little. I have heard of this eye condition before but never seen it. Cool. Your post on Haley was precious. You have an amazing supportive family.

elaine said...

My 26 year old daughter has something like that. It's an elongated pupil that looks just like that but it's from an accident Nora had at 16. She had to undergo a long operation to remove a chard of black glass from her eye. She's not blind but her eye sight is poor with that eye. Because her eye stays dilated she's more aware of light too. Thank-you for sharing. McKenzie and Brittany make a good looking couple. xox

BittersweetPunkin said...

Sharon I have never heard of that before. You learn something new every day.

It's no surprise that more women notice it...he does have beautiful eyes!!

gin said...

Never heard of that either. But he's still cute.

Barb said...

Sharon, I have never heard of this.

He is cute!

You are one cool mom....I have to tell you, I am impressed!


Brenda said... Sharon you know im a Christian and not into any weird stuff. I don't even read horoscopes I thin it is witch craft,but for many years we were an all natural family an herbalist.I do think God gave us these herbs for medicine and they are used today. When we were into this big time there was an Iridologist that I went to and said why not.It was interesting and it was only to see sickness in the body. Like she sad I had dark spots in certain areas and it was all true. I just wondered if you son has had headaches alot. I looked at the chart and that area is connected to the mind.My April was born without a hp socket and had surgery to built her one. She has a very large spot in that area of her eye. Go take a look at the chart it can't hurt.Most people don't even talk about it because it is all natural and herbalist use it.
I hope I don't lose you over this hehe =)

Heather said...

I have never heard of that either. Very interesting! Girls would notice it more than guys because girls love looking into boys eyes, lol. They are the cutest couple! I love seeing pictures of them together! I totally agree with you that he should use that keyhole on his music, etc. That's totally how people come up with logos, it's usually something close to them, an inside joke, something with a special meaning, something with a unique distinction that totally relates to the artist, etc. Very cool idea!

Jocelyn said...

I have never of that either!

Your sons are all so handsome!

Amy said...

I used to babysit a little girl who had that. She is now 4 and hasn't had any problems.

He is a very handsome man too!

I will be heading to Oregon with my boys in May (Portland to be exact). And then again later this summer, we will head to the Oregon coast. I would LOVE to meet you in person. I have said this before and I will say it again, I admire you in so many ways. I don't know you, but I know you are a born again Christian. I see the love you have for our Lord throughout your blog. You are like a "spiritual mother" or a "Titus 2 Woman" to me. I have learned alot from you in the few short months I have "known" you. Thank you for setting an example of a Godly wife/mother/friend.

Tanza said...

Sharon, What a learning blog for me today.. WOW !! There's always something I've never heard of or seen.. You've enlightned me.. I feel so smart now.. Your son is gorgeous, and I LOVE his keyhole..hahaha..How unique is that ?! He should feel blessed and special..The Lord was in a creative mood, and what an awesome job he did ?! How wonderful to have "Son" time.. Soo important to stay in touch.. Thanks for sharing, and you have a wonderful, blessed day..hugs ~tea~

Sweet Nothings said...

I love that part of him because I think it makes him even more unique!

The only part I don't like is that he gets headaches...and to confirm, he did say the headaches are because of his eye and the pupil's dilation.

Either way, he is the most handsome man! (In my opinion!)

Love you

Rebecca said...

Oh my gosh...I've never heard of such a thing! But, when I was a little girl I knew a girl in school who had one blue eye and one brown eye. I thought she was sooo special and unique (she was beautiful, too!).

Keyhole or NOT, your son is simply gorgeous and so is his new wife. Beautiful...

I know you are proud, Sharon. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs, Rebecca

kal said...

I work with a gal that has the same thing. It's even her right eye.

luvmy4sons said...

What a great attitude you had and have about it. And you don't even see it really...and when you do it is kind of neat. I have one son with strabisumus and his eyes are wobbyjawed now and then. And I have one son with two toes on each foot that are joined clear to the top. He thinks they are neat because I always told them they were! You have a very handsome son!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

I have never heard nor seen this until now, so cool!!! I think mackenzie is so cool not to mention handsome and what a beautiful couple they make. I wish I lived near by I would invite you and Kathi for lunch!!

Mary Anne said...

Hi Sharon,

I commented earlier this morning, but I'm thinking maybe it didn't go through? I love your blog;-) You have such a wonderful family and I love to read about the day to day details that you share. I just started my own blog. Please drop by to visit when you get a moment;-)


Mary Anne @ Marigold Manor

PS I also sent you an email with a question;-)

Anonymous said...

WOULD LOVE TO STOP BY AND MEET YOU SOME TIME. Would love to find out where your fun thrift stores are. Carrie P

Anonymous said...

Sharon Kenzie has great eye brows!! How awesome
that he has perfect vision.
I have 1 son he is 36
and 1 daughter who is 29
and a 2 year old grandbaby!
Who is adorable of course!
Thanks to your son for allowing you to share.
Pamela in Ohio

lady jane said...

Oh my, I never knew anything like this existed. I'm thankful it doesn't effect your son's sight and certainly doesn't effect his looks. :o) You have a handsome son there.

Are you still experiencing difficult getting into my blog, Sharon? If so, email me, okay?

Bless you this day,

shamrock fields said...

Dear Sharon,
What a neat post about Mackenzie! How unique and handsome he is!!! Your sons are such blessings!!! Take care-

~~Deby said...

Same here Sharon...coming up to the Puget Sound...I will point you in the right direction for LOTS of Thrift Shops...and then we can meet for tea/coffee...anywhere..

Kathi said...

Sharon, My nephew has this same thing you are speaking of!!!!

His name is Mackenzie, and he is quite handsome with or without it. Hugs, Kathi

erika said...

I am so glad I came across your site! I have a 5 week old daughter and have noticed that she has an odd shaped pupil. When pointing it out to my doc he had no idea and referred me to an eye doc which i cant get into until late july. So for the past couple days i have been searching the web and kept coming across awful things that are associated with iris coloboma. The pictures of your son and your story gave me hope that my daughter ava will be ok. She has no other problems just odd shaped pupils just like your sons. My brother says it will be her beauty mark. Thanks for making this site!

Sharon said...

I'm glad my post could help you Erika. I am sure your daughter will be just fine. Like I said in my post, it has not bothered my son at all except that he's a little bit sensitve to the bright light and he does get headaches, which the headaches could be caused by anything, but I have always wondered if they could be related to his pupil due to the sun sensitivity.

I wish you the best!

Hugs, Sharon

annieofaz said...

Hi Sharon! I came across your site today, doing a search on coloboma. I have it, too! I haven't done much research on it at all, until now. I've never thought if it as an abnormality or birth defect - I've always thought it was cool! And so does everyone who knows me! I recently started a new job and, of course, new people notice it and ask about it. I knew it had a name-my parents told me ages ago- but I could never remember what it was called. Those people who do ask about it will ask if I had an eye injury and I just tell them the truth-that I was born that way and no, it doesn't affect my vision. (But I am also sensitive to light and also get frequent headaches-never attributed it to my eye, though.) I've had people say it's exotic, beautiful, unique, cool, bizarre...whatever you want to call it, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way! A friends mother told me once in junior high that I would drive the boys crazy with my eyes-and believe me, I have and still do! My fiance always tells me what beautiful eyes I have! Anyway, thanks for letting me share my story...

Anonymous said...

I was searching up some information on Coloboma and found your page. My grandaughter was born on July 13th 2009. She has coloboma in both of her eyes. Of course we were terrified, my daughter is only 19 and did everything right during her pregnancy. It seems too have just happened!! We really don't know the extent of it at this point, the Dr's say she can see, we just don't know how much and what not. I found your page very interesting and your son has gorgeous eyes. I will continue to learn all I can about this condition and continue to pray for my grandaughter. Thank you for this site.

Bill Henderson said...

Hi-- Both of my eyes are like Mackenzie's. I was born in 1961-- and I have very good eyesight, though I am very sensitive to light. Very, very few people have this "defect" and can still see-- it usually is accompanied by blindness, because the retina of the eye does not form properly as well. I'd say both your son and me are rather lucky!

I'll post a picture or two of my eyes so you can see them; I will write back.

By the way- I am a marketing executive in Philadelphia. I have two handsome sons, and neither has this trait.

Bill Henderson said...

Here is the link to my Facebook photos of my cat eyes. I am not sure this will work for everyone-- but try it and see.

If you can't get there with this link, send me an Email at and I will send them to you.

Bill Henderson

kagechica05 said...

Hello Sharon!
I also was looking up some information on coloboma for a nursing project I am woking on and I found your site! I actually have coloboma too but an abnormal form because I have an extra piece of tissue in my eye. But my coloboma goes upward not downward. And it is funny because people will stop mid conversation to acknowledge my eye and are amazed! As I was reading what you wrote about your son I have similar symptoms like being more sensitive to light, nor does it cause me any problems. Although I do not have perfect sight, I am far sighted in that eye and near sighted in the other. In my nursing class we were assessing eyes and my partner thought my eye was amazing and wanted to show me off to the class! I guess we are just one of a kind! Thanks for sharing this and thanks for this site as well!

Bfarie1986 said...

I am happy to see this post! My nephew has it in both eyes. He has autism and always wondered if it bothers him. Just more how he sees. My email is
Any helpfull info on this would help wonderfully

Andrea Edwards said...

Hey I finally thought about researching the "birth mark" in my right eye. It is very close to your sons in size. The eye doctor recently told me it was a mole. Maybe she said hole. I didnt know the name of it. I am 52 years old and have no ill effects from it that I know of. I have only meet one other person. He had blue eues and it was in his right eye too. I like having it. It makes me special from others, and otherwise Id would just be plain. The only other quirk I have is a slight case of bimanual synkinosis, in which one hand voluntarily moves with the other one. I cant contol that.

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