OLIVE-SKINNED INDONESIAN TRIBE HAS PIERCING BLUE EYES, BUT WHY?
Waardenburg Syndrome – A rare genetic disorder! Associated symptoms and findings can vary from case to case in terms of range and severity. However, distinctive facial abnormalities, hearing loss, unusually diminished pigmentation of the skin, hair, and/or iris of both eyes, lateral displacement of the inner angles of the eyes, and wide nasal bridge are quite common. Tribal researchers speculated that the Butonese might have passed down this unique phenomenon from previous generations. Many believed that their blue eyes were a result of their ancestors’ being married off to Portuguese settlers.