What Does Your Eye Color Say about You?

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 25-Nov-2013

eyecolorsmall“The eyes are the windows to the soul,” says the old proverb, but is there any credibility to that statement? Can your eye color determine your personality or even your health?

In centuries past, eye color was a significant factor in medical diagnosis through the pseudoscience known as iridology. According to iridologists, the irises of the eye act as a map to the various parts of the body, and the colors indicate a response to internal issues. Today we know that diagnoses based on iridology are more guesswork than science. The belief that eye color affects health or personality is considered today to be little more than a myth.

But while eye color may not have anything to do with your personality, there are a few things that can be gleaned from the color of your eyes, particularly in regards to your genetics.

The development of eye color

Many Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes because they have almost no melanin in their eyes at birth. Babies of African and Asian descent may also be born with blue eyes, but they are more often born with brown eyes because they have a higher concentration of melanin compared to Caucasian babies.

Melanin is the pigment that gives the skin and eyes color. The more melanin in the cells of the iris (known as the stroma), the darker the color of the eye will be. Your genes control the amount of melanin inside the iris, so your eye color is determined by the genetic combination you receive from your parents.

Eye color anomalies

Green eyes are rare, but even more rare are the eye colors in people with certain medical conditions such as albinism or heterochromia. People with albinism have virtually no melanin, which means their irises are clear. However, the eyes of a person with albinism may appear pink or red due to the visibility of their blood vessels through the clear irises.

Individuals with heterochromia have two different colored eyes or one iris with two distinctly different colors. Once thought to be an indicator of health problems, heterochromia in itself is not harmful but could indicate an underlying genetic condition. Several famous actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, and Christopher Walken have heterochromatic eyes, but only about 1% of the population is born with the condition.

What does the color of your eyes say about you?

The color of your eyes is essentially a physical representation of your genetics (as is your hair color, height, skin color, and body type). Your eyes serve as an indication of your ancestry.

Many of us are attracted to people with a certain eye color or associate certain feelings with different eye colors, but this is based purely on personal experience and preference. Your eye color may not say much about your personality, but it can be an interesting window into your personal genetic information.

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