Iridology has been a popular method of diagnosis for centuries in many parts of the world.

Some of the earliest archaeological evidence of this is seen in the Egyptian museums, where there are coloured images carved in the stone of the eyes of distant Pharaohs which were used to determine their health. In countries, such as Egypt, Indonesia, and Greece iridology was well known to physicians as an important diagnostic tool of the conditions of their patients. With this simple information doctors were able to determine the necessary treatment for each individual.

In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s German doctors began serious studies of iridology and wrote a series of new books about using iridology for the purposes of medical diagnosis. An Austrian doctor by the name of Ignaz Perzali, was basically the founder of modern iridology in the 1950’s. As a child, he found a small bird that had fallen from a tree in the forest. As soon as he picked the bird up, he accidentally broke its leg, and he was amazed by the immediate change of colour in the bird’s eyes.

Later, as a doctor he started noticing the changes in the colour of his patient’s eyes when they had a disease. In this way he started to understand that the eyes were the mirrors that reflected information from the inside of the body to the outside. This is how the development of iridology occurred in the western world, about 25 or 30 years ago finding its way into the North America. Finally, numerous doctors here began to study how this diagnostic tool could become beneficial to them in the diagnoses of various diseases.

Iridology now, is a very important tool in determining the balance of health in a patient. At Dinas Homeopathic Clinic I use iridology to help investigate a patient’s health in two different directions:

1)    by studying the particular physical type and condition of the person from the image of an eye 

2)    by assessing the constitutional type - lymphatic, psychotic, etc., to help us determine what type of homeopathic medicine we must prescribe to the patient.

Through iridology and through the picture of the eyes, changes of colour and structure of the eyes and iris, we can categorize people into certain groups called constitutional groups. This is what helps us to understand what necessary steps we will take to provide homeopathic treatment for a particular patient.

Also through iridology we can get a metaphysical picture of the personality of our patients – whether they are extroverted, introverted, and whether they have made lots of serious sacrifices in their lives and so on. Iridology provides us with additional information and helps us to understand the personality at a deeper level. Many doctors in Europe are currently using iridology as a diagnostic tool in a similar way to get information of their patients’ internal health.