Locke wakes up after the plane crash, and is shown with a gash above and below his right eye. ("Walkabout")

Eyes are a recurring theme in Lost, from Locke's gash above and below his eye, to the closeups of eyes shown at the opening of episodes.

Lost both begins and ends with a shot of Jack's right eye opening and closing, respectively.

Episode openers

Episodes opening with a character's eye is a common practice on Lost, usually the eye of the centric character. Through the use of digital effects and contact lenses, actors' eye color have been altered regularly throughout the episodes of Lost during particular scenes, usually ones related to the mythos of the show. Actor Terry O'Quinn has confirmed this in interview. [1]

Character Eye Episode Flash

Season 1
JackEye.jpg Jack Right "Pilot, Part 1" Yes
1X04 LockeEye.jpg Locke Right "Walkabout" Yes
1X05 JackEye.jpg Jack
Right "White Rabbit" Yes
1X06 SunEye.jpg Sun Left "House of the Rising Sun" Yes
Charlie's Eyes.jpg Charlie Both "The Moth" Yes
1X10 ClaireEye.jpg Claire Right "Raised by Another" Yes
1X13 BooneEye.jpg Boone Left "Hearts and Minds" Yes
1X14 MichaelEye.jpg Michael Left "Special" Yes
Charlie Both "Homecoming" Yes
SawyerBoyEye1x16.jpg Sawyer
Left "Outlaws" Yes
1X17 JinEye.jpg Jin Right "...In Translation" Yes
1X24 AaronEye.jpg Aaron Left "Exodus, Part 2" No

Season 2
DesmondEye.jpg Desmond Left "Man of Science, Man of Faith" No

Season 3
JulietEye.jpg Juliet Left "A Tale of Two Cities" Yes
3X03 LockeEye.jpg Locke Right "Further Instructions" Yes
Normal par-avion-cap002.jpg Claire Left (flashback) "Par Avion" Yes
Nikki Both (running) "Exposé" Yes

Season 4
Sayideye.JPG Sayid Both (closed) "The Economist" Yes
4x04LockeEye.JPG Locke Right "Eggtown" No
4x10Eye.jpg Jack Left "Something Nice Back Home" Yes

Season 5
5x06 Jack Eye.jpg Jack Right "316" Yes

Season 6
6X09 IlanasEye.jpg Ilana Right "Ab Aeterno" Yes
Happily001.jpg Desmond Right "Happily Ever After" Yes
6x16Jack Eye.jpg Jack Right "What They Died For" Yes

Other close-ups

Several other instances of eye close-ups have occurred that are not episode openers:

Character Eye Episode Flash

Season 2
2x17 Locke's map eye.jpg Locke Right "Lockdown" Yes

Season 3
3x01 GoodMorningJack.jpg Jack Left "A Tale of Two Cities" Yes
3X05 EkoEye.jpg Eko Right (closed) "The Cost of Living" Yes
DesEyeFlash.jpg Desmond Left "Flashes Before Your Eyes" Yes
ClaireEyeLand3x12.jpg Claire Right "Par Avion" Yes
3x13 LockeEye.jpg Locke Right "The Man from Tallahassee" Yes
Eye Nikki expose.jpg Nikki Both "Exposé" Yes
PauloEye3sx14.jpg Paulo Left "Exposé" Yes
3x20eye.png Figure in Jacob's cabin Left "The Man Behind the Curtain" No
LockeGraveEye3x22.jpg Locke Left "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1" No

Season 4
JacobEye4x01-wide.jpg Figure in Jacob's cabin Left "The Beginning of the End" No
Miles eyes.jpg Miles Both "Confirmed Dead" Yes
4x05 Eye.jpg Desmond Left "The Constant" Yes
4x08Eye.jpg Michael Left "Meet Kevin Johnson" Yes
4x09Eye.jpg Benjamin Both "The Shape of Things to Come" Yes
4x11LockeEye.jpg Locke Left "Cabin Fever" Yes

Season 5
5x07 Locke eyes.jpg Locke Both "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" Yes
5x16 Ilana eye.png Ilana Right "The Incident, Part 1" Yes

Season 6
Kate's Eye.jpg Kate Right "LA X, Part 1" Yes
Normal dr-linus-050.jpg Miles Both "Dr. Linus" No
Normal dr-linus-306.jpg Jack Both (closed) "Dr. Linus" No
6x09 EyeIgnacio.jpg Ignacio Left "Ab Aeterno" No
6x09 EyeRichard.jpg Ricardo Right "Ab Aeterno" Yes
6x17TheEnd.png Jack Right "The End" No

Other occurrences

Lost:Via Domus opens with a shot of Elliott Maslow's eye.

Eye of Horus, an Egyptian hieroglyph


  • In "Flashes Before Your Eyes", the close-up of Desmond's eye when he enters his altered timeline is the same shot of his eye (with less saturated colors) that was shown at the beginning of "Man of Science, Man of Faith".
    • In "316", the initial close-up of Jack's eye is the same as that as in "Pilot, Part 1", also with changed color levels.
  • Track two of the Season 1 soundtrack is called "The Eyeland", a pun based on how the first scene of "Pilot, Part 1" opens on Jack's eye.
  • In some cultures, dying with eyes open is interpreted as dying in a state of unrest or mission in life unfulfilled. (Death)
  • Some cultures consider eyes as the way into a person's soul.
  • The series opens and closes with a shot of Jack's eye.