An iris recognition system having pupil and iris border conditioning prior to iris mapping and analysis. The system may obtain and filter an image of an eye. A pupil of the mage may be selected and segmented. Portions of the pupil border can be evaluated and pruned. A curve may be fitted on at least the invalid portions of the pupil border. The iris of the eye with an acceptable border of the pupil as an inside border of the iris may be selected from the image. The iris outside border having sclera and eyelash/lid boundaries may be grouped using a cluster angular range based on eye symmetry. The sclera boundaries may be fitted with a curve. The eyelash/lid boundaries may be extracted or masked. The iris may be segmented, mapped and analyzed.