Controversies in Eye Care
PAO Position Statement on Iridology
Iridology is an analysis of health based on the concept that each part of the body is represented by a corresponding part of the iris. A person's state of current and past health is diagnosed from the color, texture, and location of pigment flecks in the eye. Imbalances are treated with dietary supplements or herbal medicines.
Whilst patients seek these tests and treatments from iridology practitioners, adverse consequences may arise from relying on their results as available scientific evidence shows that diagnosis through iridology is no better than chance. Treatment based on inaccurate or false positive results can lead to emotional and economic burden of falsely labeling the healthy as having disease. Furthermore, a false negative analysis has the potential for harm when patients who rely on iridology fail to receive timely and effective therapy.
In view of this, The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) advises the general public to exercise caution towards the practice of iridology as a means to diagnose and treat disease.