For and against the Iris Diagnostics: The Ophthalmologist’s Opinion


Introduction: The iridologists use iris diagrams, dividing the iris of the eye into 12 hours. Bulgaria also has a tradition of studying the iris, for example Peter Dimkov and his work “Ocular Diagnosis. A Practical Guide”.  However, according to most reputable international publications, “Iridology is not supported by any published studies and is considered a pseudoscience to most

Aim: To study the awareness of the population and the opinion of medical specialists on the issue of iris diagnostics in Bulgaria.

Materials and Methods: It’s a survey design, conducted at Eye Clinic “St. Nikolay”, over a period of 3 months: May – July 2023.

Results: A total of 300 participants were surveyed, including 123 medical professionals. The female respondents are more – 81.5%, about 90% are active population aged 20-60 years. Most respondents – 68.1% don’t know where such examinations are performed. The majority don‘t even know by who they are done: respectively 41.6% think they are done by eye doctors, and 24.2% they have no opinion. Almost 77.9% of respondents don’t know any specialists in iris diagnostics, but 57.2% would do such a consultation and would even pay not small amount of money for it – 50BGN.  Nearly 42.3% of the respondents would trust the method. Until the time of the survey only 13% have already had such a consultation.


Pitakova I. a* and Mitsova D. b
Department of Ophthalmology, “Asen Zlatarov University”-Burgas, Eye Clinic “St. Nikolay”-Varna, Bulgaria.

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