Kristen Bell Has Different Names For Her Eyes

Kristen Bell is a beautiful actress who is well known for loving sloths, her extensive film career and great sense of humor. I have seen many of her films, and I have never noticed her eye turn as she hides it well on camera (more on that later). However, according to Kristen, her right eye is a ‘lazy eye’ which allows her to perform a cool trick where she can move her eyes independently of one another. You can see this impressive trick if you Google the 2008 video from The Late Late Show. She has endearingly dubbed her right eye ‘Wonky’ because it ‘wakes up later and goes to bed earlier’ and the left eye as ‘Night Owl’ because it is always ‘ready to go’.

What is a lazy eye?

There are two main types of ‘lazy eye’. One is where the prescription in one eye is so much stronger than the other one that the brain ignores that eye during development. The second type is where the eyes aren’t aligned and one or both eyes turn inwards or outwards. However, the eye turn can be intermittent and may go unnoticed. Depending on the eye turn type and frequency, a lazy eye may have good vision and allow the person to have 3D vision (depth perception) and some types result in poor vision and absent 3D vision (depth perception).

From what I have read, it sounds like Kristen’s right eye likes to drift right. If this is the case, she has an intermittent right exotropia. What does this mean? The ‘lazy eye’ is intermittent because the eye only drifts sometimes as opposed to all the time (constant), right because the right eye is involved and exotropia indicates the eye drifts outwards as opposed to inwards. Oftentimes, intermittent exotropias allow for excellent vision with normal 3D vision.

What could this mean for Kristen Bell and others like her?

For Kristen and others with an intermittent eye turn, it means that her eyes are not straight 100% of the time and therefore she probably doesn’t have depth perception whenever her eye turns. For more information on eye turns and depth perception, visit our YouTube channel to see our video about 3D movies and eyes. However, if someone can make both their eyes straight most of the time, then they can probably appreciate a good 3D movie.

How does Kristen hide it so well?

She has asked the camera guy to yell out ‘Wonky’ to let her know her eye isn’t straight so she can focus and make that eye straight. She guarantees that if we watch closely, we will see Wonky being wonky! You can bet I will be watching her eyes very carefully from now on! You should do it too and see if you ever catch it acting up.

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Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Charlotte with her husband, a pediatric resident, their two cats and they are welcoming a baby boy in December 2018.

Celebrity Eye Health Blog Series Disclaimer

With all celebrities discussed in this series I am simply using the power of Google and reporting the rumors of their eye conditions. I am not certain if these celebrities have these eye conditions, and I have never seen their medical records or examined them myself. I am simply reporting on a personal interest of mine and describing what these conditions are. My comments do not reflect the personal history of the celebrity or inside knowledge of them or their rumored condition. - Dr. Ashley Iketani-Castillo

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