It must have come from somewhere, right? Otherwise, these stories wouldn’t exist at all. Well, scientists and historians have clubbed together to find the first recorded reports of this condition in the times of Ancient Egypt – around 1,000 years ago. According to myths, there was a big flash in the sky, and when people went outside to see the flash, their skin turned pale, and their eyes turned into that beautiful purple shade that has been connected to the condition. These people disappeared, and it was believed that they have been turned into some sort of spirit.
It was in England that the first “real-life” recorded case was apparently noted, back in 1329. A girl was born, who was given the name Alexandria, and she had daughters of her own who went on to live for over one hundred years. This girl was said to have purple eyes and pale skin, following the genetic traits the condition is said to take.
It was during the 1960s that scientists and medical officers found a genetic variant that could actually have caused Alexandria’s Genesis, but it is still not certain whether the condition ever actually existed.
This is a tough question to answer. There ARE reports that pale skinned people with lilac or purple eyes have existed, but there is no real scientific research, or sure-fire evidence, to back the theories and tales that circulate. It is possible that people could have amazing immune systems due to a genetic trait that would cause them to become immune to various diseases, and also to cause a change in eye color to purple, but there is nothing to link these things together, or to suggest that they ever have been linked together medically.
Although it is suggested that Elizabeth Taylor could actually have this condition, with many reporting her eyes are a very purple / lilac shade when you look into them up close and personal, it is unlikely that this condition ever existed. If it did, the symptoms and by-products of the condition have been massively exaggerated. The reports that one patient lived to be over 150 years old, for example, can be disproved immediately, as the oldest living person was 122.
For clarification on purple eyes syndrome, it IS possible for humans to have lilac or purple colored eyes, but the links to a “super human” style event can not and have not been proven. The photos that you may see online are thought to be fake, achieved with colored contact lenses and clever Photoshop trickery.