History: The ophthalmological disorder that made da Vinci a boss

His artistic eye had hidden depths, researchers reveal

Unravelling the medical mystery behind Mona Lisa’s smile seems to be a bit of an obsession of late.

Da Vinci self-portrait

Was it clinical hypothyroidism? Was it a lipid disorder and heart disease? Was it Bell’s palsy? Perhaps the woman was just having a bad day.

How about we all give her a break and instead take a look at the person behind the easel, who, according to a recent report in JAMA Ophthalmology, may have had his own clinical condition to contend with.

Only, in Leonardo da Vinci’s case, his supposed eye disorder may have been the quirk

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