What Your Eye Color Reveals About Your Health

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We can tell a lot about a person through their eyes—after all, William Shakespeare once stated they are the “windows to the soul.” We’ve exposed how you can detect if a person’s lying, in love, and more by looking at their eyes, but did you know that eye colors can tell the story of your own health? That’s right, scientists have been studying how eye color can reveal some things about your health condition. Keep reading to see what each eye color may indicate. We’ll discuss two different parts of the eye that can vary in color: the sclera and the iris. The sclera is the white part of your eyeball. The iris is the colored part of your eyeball, such as brown or green.

Yellow Sclera

Our sclera should normally be white, but for some people, they turn yellow…or yellowish (think white with a yellow tint). This is usually due to jaundice, which means your liver is in some sort of trouble. This happens due to a build-up of bilirubin, which is typically cleared through the liver. But when it dysfunctions, the body is unable to rid itself of this substance. If you find your eyes turning yellow, it’s a good idea to make a doctor appointment to get a professional, medical opinion on the cause of the discoloration. Remember, medical issues are treated best when caught early.

Red sclera

Having a red sclera is much more common. In fact, we’ve all probably experience this at one time or another. It can be due to allergies, dirt or dust getting trapped in the eye, a wonky contact—the list goes on and on. In these cases, the redness is usually temporary. It’s often also easy to treat with eye drops or rinsing the eye with water to remove the irritant. But if you find that the redness is not going away despite typical treatments, it could mean something else is going on with your health. Persistent redness could be a sign of an autoimmune disease. It could also be a symptom of an eye infection. In either case, you’ll want to make a doctor appointment

Brown Iris

The darker your eyes, the less likely you are to develop skin and eye cancers thanks to having more pigment to help protect them. While you still want to wear UV-protection sunglasses when outside, it’s not quite as dire as it is for people with lighter eyes. However, people with brown eyes are slightly more inclined to develop vitiligo. This is a condition where pigment disappears from patches of the body. One study, done at the University of Louisville, found that people with brown eyes have a tad better reaction time when playing sports or other athletic games.

Blue Iris

Blue eyes range greatly in color, but tend to be pretty light overall. Due to this, people with blue eyes have a tendency to be more sensitive to light. This makes sense considering how we just discussed that brown eyed folk are less likely to develop skin and eye melanomas compared to lighter eyes. Blue eyes, make sure you invest in a good pair of sunglasses, and even consider throwing on a hat when you’re going to be outdoors.

Green Iris

Like blue eyes, green eyes need to be careful when out in the sun, as they have a greater chance of developing skin and eye cancers. Lighter eyes (this includes blue ones, too), also have a greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration over time. This leads to vision loss or, in extreme cases, blindness.

Do You Have The Most Common Eye Color?

Hollywood is full of celebrities with blue eyes. In all the romantic movies of the past, do you think the male star on screen who gazed into the starlets stunning blue eyes, knew he was viewing the result of a genetic mutation?

If our eyes are the window to our soul, they are also a doorway to reveal our genetic ancestry.

Most Prevailing Eye Colors

Brown

makeup-tips-for-brown-eyesThe patterns in the iris are as unique to an individual as his or her own fingerprints. The most common eye color throughout the cosmos is brown. Higher levels of melanin are present in subjects with brown eyes. However the level of melanin is due to your genetics. Your eye color is determined by your parents. For example, 2 brown eyed people cannot have a blue eyed baby. However, if one of them carries a recessive gene along with having brown eyes, a small chance emerges for blue eyes.

Hazel

Hazel eyes are less common than brown eyes, but they are still common. Hazel eyes are the by-product of a lesser amount of melanin in the front border layer of the iris combined with a condition named Rayleigh scattering. The Hazel eye color is common among people in America and Europe. Hazel colored eyes are rare in African, Middle Eastern and Asian people.

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People with gray eye color are similar to persons with a darker shade of blue eyes, as this eye color is related to having low melanin levels in the iris. Normally a person who has gray eyes also has a light pigmentation throughout their body, meaning that they commonly have a pale completion, and lighter hair. Gray eyes are more common in European citizens who belong to countries like Finland the Baltic States and Russia.

This pigment can also be an early indicator of a condition called uveitis. Gray and blue eyed citizens have an increased risk of contracting Uveal Melanoma, which is cancer of the iris. In rare cases, tumors can arise from the pigment cells that are located within the Uvea giving color to the eye.

Less Frequent Eye Colors

Blue

Recent research suggest that all people with blue eyes have a sole common ancestor as, once upon a time, all humans had brown irises. Blue eyed persons are thought to have a genetic mutation that began with the same ancestor. The study went on to claim that the cellular metamorphosis of one person resulted in the creation of a ‘switch,’ which prevents the ability to produce brown eyes. Today, blue eyed persons are more common in countries such as Holland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia.

tumblr_me6l3mtES61r54gi9o1_500The Rarest Eye Colors

Amber

Amber eyes are known as a very rare eye color and have been nicknamed “wolf eyes.” The rarest eye colors in the human population are thought to be amber, red and violet. Persons with this particular color of eyes carry a yellow pigment that is known as lipochrome in their iris.

Green

One to two percent of the earth’s population is born with piercing green eyes, and they are most commonly found in Northern Europe. The green eye trait has been noted in countries of Northern Europe Green_eye_lashessuch as Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Holland.

Violet

Violet eyes are believed to be caused by a lack of pigment in the iris. When this condition happens the blood vessels become visible. Violet eyes are most often viewed in persons who have been identified as albinos, though perhaps the most famous individual with this look is the lovely Elizabeth Taylor.

Red

Red, the rarest of all human eye hues, is caused by a condition known as albinism. The eyes lack pigment and will appear to be pink or red.

Black

Black eyes are very rare. Some people claim that black eyes are real amongst the Filipino population. However, most of the people who appear to have black eyes actually have very dark brown eyes.

That completes our eye color chart. Humans are more likely to inherit a brown eye trait than a blue eye trait. Someday, scientists predict blue eyes may become a rare eye color. However, regardless of what tint you are born with, you have the ability to switch up your look with Colorblend contacts and Focus Monthly Softcolors.