Miles Research has developed a professional digital camera for precise imaging of the iris and sclera. To demonstrate the capabilities of their product, they offer a great collection of sample images at very high resolutions. The perfect solution if you need photo-realistic eye textures for your models!
Licensing info included.
(This resource was originally found by "Lord of the Rings Junkie". The forum thread is here.)
I had the opportunity to speak with the Jon Miles, creator of the Miles Eye Camera that was used to take these types of award-winning iris photos. We spoke on the phone for about an hour and he's very excited about the idea of creating a 3D movie of the human iris (more on that in a future article). Jon has been photographing and researching the iris for over 25 years so, there's a lot of time and love that's been devoted to this type of imagery.
Concerning the licensing of the sample images on his website:
As with any original work product, these photos are protected by US copyright laws. However, I am willing to offer permission for their use in computer graphics by prior request. Simply email me and let me know how you plan to use the images. I also have a CD available that contains 100's of images ranging from 1 megapixel to 10 megapixels (cropped and uncropped).
Check out the samples, here.