What is wrong with Jeff Bezos’ eye?
Let me first thank you for letting me know I’m not alone in my morbid fascination with celebrities whose eyes “each seem to be in business for themselves”, as Seth MacFarlane once joked in reference to a famous not-Jeff Bezos person.
Mr. Bezos is unlike most paycheck-to-paycheck CARPs (an acronym I just made up: Celebrity Asymmetrical Retinal Positioning) because his wealth, stature and substantial personal security detail introduces the specter of severe bodily harm if one, say, approached Bezos and asked a couple of relevant questions:
- ”Have you always been cross-eyed, and are you indeed cross-eyed?”
- “When your now-ex-wife was granted a $38 billion divorce settlement, did your eyes cross even more in an exaggerated reaction to the divorce court’s decision? Did your eyes cross in the first place after you comically reacted to something by intentionally crossing them?”
- “Do you support efforts by your cock-eyed brethren to discourage the use of the term ‘cross-eyed’ in favor of the more specific acronym CARP? Are you interested in acquiring the rights to CARP from the guy who created the term, Jonathan Bates?”
- “Can I have a $5,000 Amazon gift card? It’s not like you don’t earn $5k a minute. Do me a solid, Jeff.”
- “When young children see your deranged eye and recoil in fear or begin sobbing as they point at ‘the bad man who looks at everything all the time’, do you feel:
- (a) Fury sated only by exacting vengeance on the child and all those who love him?
- (b) Shame that not even all the money in the world, combined with success unmatched in the course of human history, were supposed to compensate for your undisciplined, disturbing ocular multitasking? Would you give up the money, stuff, and power if your vision were more human and less parrot-like?
- (c) Gratitude that any kids you have or may have in the future will be raised by Belgian nannies, and will address you as Mr. Father on the rare days you visit them or eavesdrop on their Alexa recordings?”
- And: “If your eye condition is the result of a brutal assault or a genetic condition, none of these questions were from Jonathan Bates. I would hate for any insensitivity or gross failure of etiquette to affect your decision-making on your pending purchase of the global perpetual licensing rights to the acronym CARP.”
- “Where are we on that free Amazon gift card, by the way?”
What is wrong with Jeff Bezos’ eye?
First, we must ask ourselves: Which eye is the abnormal one? Is it the one that appears set more deeply (right), or is it the one that appears to protrude slightly (left?) Because which of these it drastically affects the answer.
A brief google image search of Jeff Bezos images shows that the condition goes back to age 5.
It is entirely possible it was present before that, but the few baby pictures under age five have head tilts or shadowing that makes conclusive interpretation impossible.
So here is what we know:
- Whatever it dates back to at least age 5.
- The appearance is stable over time. It looks about the same from when he is five until today. The etiology is highly unlikely to be a progressive one. This is a critical one – young age of onset plus nonprogressive rules out a lot of dystrophies and myopathies. It also makes cancers highly unlikely.
- We must appreciate the entire facial presentation:
- His facial features are symmetrical.
- His smile is symmetrical.
- There are no visible scars.
Here is what we don’t know:
- Has he had an injury or surgery?
- Are his eyes the same color?
- Are the pupils the same size?
- Does the magnitude of the difference appear the same when he is looking in different directions?
- Does he have some sort of underlying systemic issue that is relevant? Since I doubt his medical history is floating around on the internet (and hope for his sake it isn’t) we’ll have to settle for this staying an unknown.
Having looked at eyeballs a time or two I’m going to go with the right eye being the unusual one.
He appears to either have a slightly recessed (ophthalmic) eye or ptosis – upper right eyelid droop – plus reverse ptosis – the lower right eyelid slightly higher than the left.
Now, what would cause that presentation that onset in childhood and hasn’t worsened? Logic tells us it was a one-off event that caused it, not something progressive.
Here’s where the trite old adage, “If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras” comes into play.
There are hundreds of possible etiologies, but the two most probable are Horner’s syndrome or injury.
It would be nice to know about eye color because congenital Horner’s syndrome is usually accompanied by iris heterochromia.
It would also be nice to know about pupil size because in Horner’s the pupils are unequal.
An injury could cause either a traumatic Horner’s or an exophthalmic eye. And from here we can only speculate…..unfortunate run-in with a bungee cord (happens all the time)……fistfight in preschool (four-year-olds can be monsters)……bicycle riding without a helmet (oh, the horror!)……swordfighting with a curtain rod (seen that one)……pecked in the eye by a stork (yep, seen that one too).……Red Ryder BB gun (had to throw that one in there for you Christmas Story aficionados)……
Whatever it was, I’m sure all the people who bought AMZN at $1.73 back in 1997 are glad it didn’t affect his entrepreneurial spirit.
Does Jeff Bezos have a glass eye?
As others have already mentioned it appears to be ptosis. What the other answers don’t explain is why he may have ptosis and why then it likely isn’t a glass eye.
Ptosis is mostly seen in people who suffered from infectious diseases, accidents or drug abuse. Which personally I don’t believe are the causes in his case.
However, it also occurs more frequently in older people (50+), in which category he now belongs (he’s 56 years old).
It can be an effect of stroke or cancer, which I also don’t believe is the case with him (despite him being is in the risk category for a stroke).
Instead, a more likely culprit in his case is either old age diabetes (he does an awful lot of diabetes fund backing, which could indicate he either has it himself, or he knows someone close to him who has it (I’m speculating a bit here)).
Another likely culprit is particular neurological disorders, autism spectrum disorder belonging to that category which some say he does have.
Somehow for not entirely understood causes some elderly with ASD appear to be more vulnerable to develop ptosis.
The gene believed to play a role in that is AUTS2, which also happens to play a role in male pattern baldness (he’s indeed very bald).
Bezos has what’s called a wandering eye. That wandering eye that he couldn’t control turned its gaze to Lauren Sanchez, thus leading to his divorce from his former wife, MacKenzie.