Iris recognition is one of the most widely used biometric technique for personal identification. This identification is achieved in this work by using the concept that, the iris patterns are statistically unique and suitable for biometric measurements. In this study, a novel method of recognition of these patterns of an iris is considered by using a multi-dimensional artificial neural network. The proposed technique has the distinct advantage of using the entire resized iris as an input at once. It is capable of excellent pattern recognition properties as the iris texture is unique for every person used for recognition. The system is trained and tested using two publicly available databases (CASIA and UBIRIS). The proposed approach shows significant promise and potential for improvements, compared with the other conventional matching techniques with regard to time and efficiency of results.