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 JackRight"Pilot, Part 1"Yes
1X04 LockeEye LockeRight"Walkabout"Yes
1X05 JackEye Jack
Right"White Rabbit"Yes
1X06 SunEye SunLeft"House of the Rising Sun"Yes
Charlie's Eyes CharlieBoth"The Moth"Yes
1X10 ClaireEye ClaireRight"Raised by Another"Yes
1X13 BooneEye BooneLeft"Hearts and Minds"Yes
1X14 MichaelEye MichaelLeft"Special"Yes
SawyerBoyEye1x16 Sawyer
1X17 JinEye JinRight"...In Translation"Yes
1X24 AaronEye AaronLeft"Exodus, Part 2"No

Season 2
DesmondEyeDesmondLeft"Man of Science, Man of Faith"No

Season 3
JulietEyeJulietLeft"A Tale of Two Cities"Yes
3X03 LockeEyeLockeRight"Further Instructions"Yes
Normal par-avion-cap002ClaireLeft (flashback)"Par Avion"Yes
NikkiBoth (running)"Exposé"Yes

Season 4
SayideyeSayidBoth (closed)"The Economist"Yes
4x10EyeJackLeft"Something Nice Back Home"Yes

Season 5
5x06 Jack EyeJackRight"316"Yes

Season 6
6X09 IlanasEyeIlanaRight"Ab Aeterno"Yes
Happily001DesmondRight"Happily Ever After"Yes
6x16Jack EyeJackRight"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 eyeLockeRight"Lockdown"Yes

Season 3
3x01 GoodMorningJackJackLeft"A Tale of Two Cities"Yes
3X05 EkoEyeEkoRight (closed)"The Cost of Living"Yes
DesEyeFlashDesmondLeft"Flashes Before Your Eyes"Yes
ClaireEyeLand3x12ClaireRight"Par Avion"Yes
3x13 LockeEyeLockeRight"The Man from Tallahassee"Yes
Eye Nikki exposeNikkiBoth"Exposé"Yes
3x20eyeFigure in Jacob's cabinLeft"The Man Behind the Curtain"No
LockeGraveEye3x22LockeLeft"Through the Looking Glass, Part 1"No

Season 4
JacobEye4x01-wideFigure in Jacob's cabinLeft"The Beginning of the End"No
Miles eyesMilesBoth"Confirmed Dead"Yes
4x05 EyeDesmondLeft"The Constant"Yes
4x08EyeMichaelLeft"Meet Kevin Johnson"Yes
4x09EyeBenjaminBoth"The Shape of Things to Come"Yes
4x11LockeEyeLockeLeft"Cabin Fever"Yes

Season 5
5x07 Locke eyesLockeBoth"The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham"Yes
5x16 Ilana eyeIlanaRight"The Incident, Part 1"Yes

Season 6
Kate's EyeKateRight"LA X, Part 1"Yes
Normal dr-linus-050MilesBoth"Dr. Linus"No
Normal dr-linus-306JackBoth (closed)"Dr. Linus"No
6x09 EyeIgnacioIgnacioLeft"Ab Aeterno"No
6x09 EyeRichardRicardoRight"Ab Aeterno"Yes
6x17TheEndJackRight"The End"No

Other occurrences

Elliot's eye
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.

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