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Rarest Eye Color in Humans

Updated on September 6, 2017
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Edmund is a biostatistician with over 10 years of experience in clinical research. He loves to study human-inherited traits.

This is one of those questions that seems like it should have an easy answer when it really doesn’t. In fact, there is some debate over what the rarest eye color actually is. This is partly because "rare” itself can be a relative term, since one eye color might be very rare in a certain part of the world and extremely common in another.

Though hard scientific evidence is hard to come by, we can say with certainty what some of the less common colors are.

What Is the Rarest Eye Color?

Eye colors from most rare to most common:
• Green
• Violet/Red
• Amber
• Black (no eyes are true black, just very dark brown)
• Blue
• Gray
• Hazel
• Brown
Green eyes are uncommon in most parts of the world
Green eyes are uncommon in most parts of the world

Green Eyes

Though the scientific research is lacking, it is very likely that green is one of the most rare eye colors worldwide. It's commonly quoted that only 2% of the world’s population has green eyes, though it’s difficult to determine where that number came from.

Even if the number is accurate, 2% of the world's 7.3 billion people is 146 million. This is roughly the population of Russia. That's not to say that green eyes aren't special, because they are! It just depends on where you happen to be. In most parts of the world, almost everyone has brown hair and eyes, with green being very rare or absent altogether.

Green eyes are sometimes confused with hazel eyes, which have both brown and green in them. To tell the difference, go into natural lighting (outside during the day), and look at your eyes compared with someone you know to have green, hazel, or brown eyes. The difference should be clear between them.

Where Do Green Eyes Originate From?

Green eyes are most common in Northern and Central Europe though they can also be found in Southern Europe as well as Western Asia. As was mentioned earlier, brown hair and eyes are dominant in most regions, though there are several countries where it is actually more common to have green or blue eyes than brown eyes.

For example, in Ireland and Scotland, 86% of the population has either blue or green eyes, and in Iceland, 89% of women and 87% of men have blue or green eyes. Among European Americans, green eyes are most common in people of recent Celtic or Germanic ancestry. Green eyes also tend to be more common in women.

Even though they're most common in Northern and Central Europe, people of any race can have green eyes.

Celebrities with Green Eyes

  • Adele
  • Emma Stone
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Clive Owen
  • Jon Hamm
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Kate Middleton
  • Gael Garcia Bernal

Some very blue eyes can appear to be violet.
Some very blue eyes can appear to be violet.

Violet and Red Eyes

This might be disappointing for some, but true violet or red-colored eyes do not occur naturally in humans. Some eyes, however, can appear to be violet under certain lighting or makeup conditions.

Elizabeth Taylor is famous for her violet eyes, though in reality she just has very blue eyes that can look violet depending on the lighting. She does, however, have a row of double eyelashes, a rare genetic mutation.

People with albinism, a condition that causes a complete lack of or very low levels of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, sometimes appear to have violet or red eyes. This phenomenon is explained below.

Amber eyes are more common in animals than in humans.
Amber eyes are more common in animals than in humans. | Source

Also Very Rare: Amber Eyes

True amber eyes are extremely rare—they are at least as rare as green eyes or perhaps even rarer. Most people have only seen a couple of amber-eyed people in their entire life.

Amber eyes are completely solid and have a strong yellowish, golden, or russet and coppery tint. They can also contain a small amount of gold-ish gray. Some sources say that this could be due to the increased presence of a pigment called lipochrome (also known as pheomelanin).

Amber eyes are often referred to as wolf eyes because of the strong golden and yellowish color with a copper tint similar to that seen in the eyes of wolves. Besides wolves, amber eye color can also be found in other animals, like dogs, domestic cats, owls, eagles, pigeons and fish.

The Difference Between Amber and Other Eye Colors

Amber eyes are different from hazel eyes because they do not contain hints of brown, green, or orange. While hazel eyes might change color or contain flecks of red or gold, amber eyes are always a solid gold hue.

In poor lighting, it's easy to mistake someone with amber eyes for someone with hazel eyes. In natural lighting, however, you’ll see that hazel eyes tend to have two very distinct colors within the iris. They are often brown and green, and contain speckles and mixed hues.

Celebrities with Amber Eyes Include:

  • Nicole Richie
  • Nikki Reid
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Darren Criss
  • Rochelle Aytes
  • Joey Kern

Black Eyes

Contrary to popular belief, true black eyes do not exist. Some people with a lot of melanin in their eyes might appear to have black eyes depending on the lighting conditions. This is not truly black, however, but simply a very dark brown.

Hazel eyes vary between brown and green, depending on surrounding conditions like lighting.
Hazel eyes vary between brown and green, depending on surrounding conditions like lighting.

The Science Behind Eye Color

Eye color is more complicated than it might seem, as it's determined by a wide range of factors and can depend to some extent on circumstance, especially lighting.

Eye color is determined by:

  • Amount and type of melanin in the colored part of your eye called the iris
  • The density and composition of the stroma, a thin tissue in your iris
  • Lighting conditions (especially for people with light-colored eyes)

Eye Color and Genetics

Genetics determines how much pigment is present in the iris of your eye. Up to 16 different genes play a role in determining eye color though there are two main genes that have the most influence.

How Melanin Affects Eye Color

Melanin is the most common pigment, and it is found in the eyes, hair, and skin. There are several types of melanin, including pheomelanin (which looks more red and yellow) and eumelanin (which tends to look brown and black).

You might have noticed that there is no blue or green pigment mentioned, which means there is no green or blue pigment ever present in the eye. There is only one kind of pigment, melanin, and its derivatives. So how can a pigment that only produces shades of brown create eyes that look green or blue?

While the first half of eye color has to do with what's already in your eye, the other half has to do with what goes into it: Light!

How Light Affects Eye Color

Your iris has two layers, a front and a back one, and in between those is a thin layer of tissue called the stroma, which has proteins in it (namely collagen). This will become important later.

Everyone has some kind of pigment in their iris, which usually includes a layer of melanin on the back of the iris. The only exception to this is for some people with albinism, who completely lack pigment in their iris.

So, technically speaking, everyone (cases of albinism excepted) has the same eye color. The difference comes with how it's perceived, which is due to the amount and type of melanin in the front layer of the iris and how light interacts with it.

Melanin Content and Eye Color

Eye color
Melanin Presence on Front Layer of Iris
Melanin Presence on Back Layer of Iris
Dominant Pigment Type
Brown
Heavy
Normal
Eumelanin
Blue
Light
Normal
Eumelanin
Gray
Even less than blue
Normal
Eumelanin
Green
More than blue eyes, less than brown
Normal
Pheomelanin
Hazel
More than green, less than brown
Normal
Pheomelanin and Eumelanin
Amber
Heavy
Normal
Pheomelanin
Red or Violet
None or extremely little
None or extremely little
n/a

Biology Behind the Color: Eye by Eye

Blue Eyes

Blue-eyed people have no or little melanin on the front layer of the iris, so as light goes through the eye, it hits the back of the iris and then reflects out. As it goes through the stroma, the presence of proteins causes blue light to scatter, which makes the eye look blue.

This phenomenon (the scattering of light by particles much smaller than the wavelength of radiation) is called Rayleigh scattering, and it's the same reason the sky appears to be blue.

Gray Eyes

Unfortunately, we don’t really know why people have gray eyes. There are, however, some theories on where gray eyes come from:

  • Gray-eyed people could have an even smaller amount of melanin in their eyes than blue-eyed people.
  • They could have a different composition of the stroma that causes the light to scatter differently.

Brown Eyes

Brown-eyed people have melanin in both parts of their irises, so the effect of the light-scattering cannot be seen. The eyes appear darker because more light is absorbed, and variations in color and shade of brown come from the amount of melanin present.

Green Eyes

The front iris layer of green-eyed individuals has only a small amounts of melanin which tends to be the red or yellowish pheomelanin. Since the melanin concentration is very low, the light scattering effect gives off a blue color, which mixes with the yellowish color of the pheomelanin, making the eye look green.

Amber Eyes

Amber eyes get their color from the increased presence of lipochrome (pheomelanin) in the iris.

Red or Violet Eyes

People with albinism are often considered to have violet or red eyes. However, the truth is a little more complicated. Albinism is a condition that causes people to have a lack of pigment in their hair, skin, and eyes. Since people with albinism lack pigment in their iris, light can bounce off the back of the eye and exit the eye.

The light usually reflects back red because of the blood vessels at the back of the retina. Eyes can look violet when this red color combines with the bluish color of the iris that results from a lack of melanin, and the aforementioned light-scattering effects.

In fact, the reason the eyes look red is the same reason you might have red-eye in a photograph, which results from light reflecting off the back of the eye and passing back out through the iris. In normal eyes and lighting conditions, light cannot exit the eye like this.

Why is the Sky Blue (Same Reason Eyes Are Blue)

Why Eye Color Appears to Change

Many people with blue, green, or hazel eyes commonly notice that their eyes change color depending on:

  • Lighting
  • What they’re wearing
  • Makeup
  • Mood

This is because blue and green eyes get their color from the quality and quantity of light, not from pigment.

Thus, different lighting conditions will change the quality of the eye. Mood can change the size of the pupil, which might make the iris appear to be a different color. The quantity of melanin is not changing, but simply the way that the light is reflecting and scattering through the iris.

Can You Change Your Eye Color Naturally?

A baby's eye color can change in the first couple of years. After that, the eye color will most likely remain the same and the only way to change the appearance of your eye color is through makeup, clothing, lighting, and color contacts.

Putting honey in your eyes will not change your eye color permanently, though it could cause you to go blind. The reason some people see their eye color change from honey is due to the inflammation of the cornea as it tries to remove it from the eye.

Can I Find Out What My Child's Eye Color Will Be?

Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict with certainty what a child's eye color will be. In fact, scientists still don't have a way to accurately guess eye color since there are up to sixteen different genes that could be responsible for helping to determine eye color.

Though scientists used to believe that it was a relatively simple case of blue eyes being a recessive gene, and brown eyes being a dominant gene, it's now been found that eye color is determined by as many as 16 different genes. In fact, almost any combinations of parent-child eye color can occur. In general, darker colors tend to dominate lighter colors.

That said, we do know that the main genes found to determine eye color are OCA2 and HERC2. There is a fun tool that you can use to try to guess your future baby's eye color based on your eyes, your siblings' eyes, and your parents eyes.

Here's the eye-color calculator if you want to give it a try!

This is a good example of heterochromia.
This is a good example of heterochromia.

Other Color Variations

There are other variations that can occur in eye color aside from basic color. As you've learned, the iris is a complicated place! Its color comes from the combined effect of texture, pigmentation, fibrous tissue and blood vessels within the iris and stroma. Here are some other eye variations that can occur.

Heterochromia

This is where one eye is differently colored from another one, or one iris has different colors in it. Kate Bosworth is a good example of this. This results from uneven melanin content.

If you look closely, you'll see that many eyes have a limbal ring around the iris.
If you look closely, you'll see that many eyes have a limbal ring around the iris.

Limbal Ring

A limbal ring is a dark ring around the iris of an eye. Since they fade with age, they usually signify youth and are considered attractive.

Eye Color Is Not Black and White

If you look at your friends’ eyes, you might find it hard to figure out exactly what color they are. Many eyes look like they have different colors toward the middle versus towards the edge, or have small variations around the iris.

This is especially true for people with lighter colored eyes. You might also notice flecks of color in them. Each of this is part of what makes each eye extremely unique. Irises (like fingerprints) are highly unique. Even genetically identical people, like twins, have different iris textures.

The more you look at eyes, the more you'll notice how unique each and every one is. So just remember that your eyes are special, no matter what color they are!

So, what is the rarest eye color in humans?

Unfortunately, there is no eye color that has been fully agreed upon as the rarest, though green-eyed and amber-eyed people are both extremely rare. In fact, the rarest eye color is different in different geographical locations. In some parts of the world, green eyes are rarer than amber eyes or vice versa.

Most people consider green to be the rarest eye color in the world, though many others consider amber to be even more unusual. Therefore, it’s safe to say that either green or amber is the rarest color in the world.

However, If you look at the eye as a whole and not only the color given off by the iris, then violet eye color with little dispute is probably even rarer than green or amber eye colors.


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      Verushka 2 days ago

      My eyes are grey and blue with a dark ring around them my eye changes with my mood my clothing

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      ThisRandomKid 3 days ago

      I'm random aka alien

      lol jk no i have really really dark brown eyes, almost black

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      Karli 3 days ago

      My mom has hazel eyes that are 90% green with a brown ring on the outside and some brown flecks, my dad has blue eyes. I was born with blue eyes but as I got older, (I'm 14 now) my eyes have been getting greener like my moms. Right now, my eyes are blue on the outside with green in the middle and a golden brown ring in the center around my pupil.

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      Grace 5 days ago

      My eyes are blue with a hazel limbal ring. They appear lighter or darker depending on what I am wearing.

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      6 days ago

      My eyes are really dark brown

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      Cateye 9 days ago

      Hazel but very light gold

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      Cindy Donahey 11 days ago

      I was around people who studied variable eye color in African Americans in the continental United States. They thought race mixing had gone on in the 1500 and 1600s, when members of these other white races were sent to live with slaves. The men survived better than the women. In general they were considered especially attractive to the point of being evil. Some still have turquoise, blue beyond blue, and amber eyes. These eye colors could be dominant over brown, simply mute, or pop up unexpectedly. Yellow muted into amber. The people with goat green eyes died out. They were treated the worst. The fairy Irish had blue beyond blue eyes.

      I did see a young white man with an African American wife. Their child did have

      his blue beyond eyes with no evidence of mute.

      The woman wh0 played the boss in ugly Betty has muted turquoise eyes with chestnut hair.

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      Kate (Fake) 3 weeks ago

      One time in class the teacher said find someone with the same eye color as you. I went without a partner that day

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      Catya (Fake) 3 weeks ago

      I have Green eyes, and I am from a strong German ansestory. My dad was 100% and had brown eyes, my mom was 50% and had Green eyes. My moms family ether has what we call the (insert last name) family eyes. The family eye color is green and everyone who doesn't have it is blue. My younger brother has brown eyes like my dad though. My older brother has green eyes.

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      Lizard 3 weeks ago

      I have brown/brown hazel eyes, but I think they're pretty great. !

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      josh 3 weeks ago

      I have green eyes now but my eye color has changed like three times now is this normal

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      Luna 3 weeks ago

      I have blue eyes, and a prominent yellow ring around my pupil. I've never seen anyone with blue eyes that has a ring like this, I was just wondering what it was .-.

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      Danielle 3 weeks ago

      I have blue eyes and everyone in my family for a couple generations has blue eyes, but I've noticed our eyes still look different. I have light blue somewhat grey looking eyes with dark circles around them and some darker blue flecks while one of my brothers has blue that looks like the ocean and my mother has a very solid blue that people think is from colored contacts. Eye color is very interesting.

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      Harold 4 weeks ago

      I have dark Brown eyes and Im 14 there have a posible to change my eye?

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      William 4 weeks ago

      BLACK EYE'S RARE COLOR?

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      John 4 weeks ago

      Hi Enmund cuters dark brown is rare color?

      I think many people have a dark brown eye color

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      Safiya Shah 4 weeks ago

      I have dark brown eyes, but nobody can’t ever tell if they are black or coffee brown

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      Andrew 4 weeks ago

      I have partial-heterochromia. My eyes are blue, but half of my left eye is green.

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      Aaron White 5 weeks ago

      I'm from Ireland and I am 15 years old.All my friends and family have distinct eye colors but I am the only person with dark brown eyes.It makes me feel unique even though I am not :0

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      Jessica Saneton 5 weeks ago

      I have Hazel eyes. Up to 10 years old I had normal brown colored eyes but once I turned 11 they slowly transitioned into Hazel. Which I found strange but rolled with it because of all the compliments I got. Interesting Fact: When I'm sad, angry, happy, basically anything besides normal my eyes are more green than brown but when I'm feeling nuetrukl they are more brown, in fact you have to look closely to see the green.

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      Edmund Custers 5 weeks ago

      Hi Ava, thanks for your comment. The 21% is most likely because green-eyed people are curious about their eye color and more likely to land on this page than others. Hence the percentages in the poll may not represent the distribution in the general population. Cheers!

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      ava 5 weeks ago

      my eyes are grey, and they change from blue to green to gray over and over. i love my eye color and it’s so unique. but i like how they said green was the rarest eye color when 21% of people has them lol

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      Aamya Petite. 5 weeks ago

      I'm only eleven, I don't wanna die! Help me, my eyes are changing color every thirty seconds, or so!

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      Christianna 6 weeks ago

      When I was a baby my eyes were light brown and over time darkens and now I have the black eyes but if I look in a bright light they look like they are amber hazel.

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      Alexya Davis Collins 6 weeks ago

      i have hazel eyes one of the rarest colors i was very happy to learn this from my mom my eyes change from green to brown or brown to green i have Aspergers so this was very exciting

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      sophia 6 weeks ago

      I have very odd eyes my eyes are gray but they change to sea foam green depending on what cloths I am wearing or my mood, my right eye also has a speck of brown right below my pupil

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      chell 7 weeks ago

      I have amber eyes, I never knew that was a color until last year my eye doctor told me I have the rarest eye color in humans. it was amazing to learn this.

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      just kixin 7 weeks ago

      hey its pretty obvi that blue is the rarest i see green all the time n blue is like whoa when i do see it thanks

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      David Sillyman 7 weeks ago

      Good evening all of whom are interested in eyes!

      I have three eyes, 2 are blue with yellow around the pupils the third eye is brown but does vary in colour depending on my eating habits.

      Thanks for listening :)

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      jane 8 weeks ago

      have you heard of subliminal? do they work on eye changing naturally

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      Alpha 8 weeks ago

      Thank you Edmund Custer's, I just recently got interested with the human eye and found out about my best friends eyes, and what color they really are. :)

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      Edmund Custers 8 weeks ago

      Hello Alpha, I think this kind of change is rare in brown eyes, and even rarer in dark brown eyes due to their higher concentration of melanin. This is because they are less likely to be influenced by surrounding factors such as the lighting of your environment, color of your clothes ..., etc.

      Just like you, I haven't met anyone with dark brown eyes experiencing such changes. If you are worried or want to know more, I think it would good to check with your doctor, especially to be sure that the "slight red color" is nothing to worry about. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Alpha 8 weeks ago

      My eyes are a very dark brown color, and then sometimes they go to a slight red color, then when I wake up, they're back to normal. Is there an explaination to this? I'm curious because I've never met anyone with eyes like mine.

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      Maggie michalonis 8 weeks ago

      My eyes are blue and green. With a bit of yellow in the middle

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      Alpha 8 weeks ago

      How come my eyes are really dark brown (almost black) and then they change to a slight red color, and then back to my original eye color over night? I'm very curious because no one else I met has their eyes like mine.

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      Samantha 2 months ago

      I have central heterochromia. I agree that it is a rare color. My eyes are blue with a yellow ring in the center.

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      Green (and yes it is a name) 2 months ago

      There are people with violet eyes but they are really rare. People with albinism can have them and it's absolutely beautiful

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      Green (and Yes it is a real name) 2 months ago

      Green isn't the rarest eye Color. Heterochromia iridum,violet eyes, amber eyes and the so called black eyes are much more rare. I became really interested in eye colors and there origins. So I have read many many articles about this topic. Sometimes I spend weeks on reading this.

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      Heyo Peepo 2 months ago

      I have green eyes and mah friend here has brown eyes. :3

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      Jennessa 2 months ago

      My eyes are eigengrau I don't see that colour here

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      Ash 2 months ago

      When I was young my eyes were very deep brown they appeared black. My younger brother was the same. As he got older they lightened. He has central heterochromia. The center is caramel brown and the outside is green or grey and change like my mother's eyes. My eyes have lightened much more slowly. The center is medium brown but I am getting flecks in both eyes. One has green and the other grey. It is noticeable because I see my eyes everyday. Mostly visible in daylight but becoming more noticeable. Think it will be cool when it is noticeable. I always wanted grey or green eyes like my mom. I'll get to have both.

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      I can't tell you 2 months ago

      My eyes are a dark blue on the outside and fade into light blue and then gray. There is also a hint of orange in the light blue part. Why?

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      2 months ago

      I have true black eyes I do t care what you say but I do and it's possible anything is and I am not dellisional I in fact am saying the truth and the delusional ones are the ones who don't believe in everything

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      Meep beep 2 months ago

      My eyes have multiple colors and can sometimes be odded eyes is it normal??

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      Arias Wrath 2 months ago

      So, my eyes are black according to this. I don't think black is really that rare of a color though.

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      Kitsun 2 months ago

      Where is Purple, found in rare albino condition people

      Heterochrome, pretty much the rarest

      if you were to somehow be albino and have Heterochrome

      you would be one of the rarest people on earth

      for example one eyed would be purple, due to the lack of melanin, and the second one green, for example due to the rest of melanin or the slim percentage just concentrated in one eye (which has happened before to one person with heterochromia who had one eye black[due to the excessive melanin] and one eye light blue[his natural color])

      you could say you are the only one

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      Edmund Custers 2 months ago

      Hey Lisa133, the amount of melanin determines our eye color. The concentration of melanin usually remains constant after childhood, except due to an ocular disease or a blow to the face/eye—I assume you didn't experience any of the above.

      A change in eye color during adolescence or adulthood can be due to genetics. Some people (about 10% of the general population) experience such a change eye color—according to a study: Eye Color Changes After Childhood, May 1997, Laszlo Z. Bito.

      Thank you for reading and leaving a comment! Cheers!

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      Lisa133 2 months ago

      When I was 37, my eyes changed from solid dark blue to light green (blue still circles the iris tho). 10 yrs later, they've recently gone to a med green. Any understanding of why? I've asked many types of doctors & they all look me like I'm crazy or lying. Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you, Lisa (Additionally, all in my family are blue eyed, except my maternal grandmother that had green eyes.)

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      Henry 3 months ago

      Ok thanks for writing back to me

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      Edmund Custers 3 months ago

      Hey Henry, I am sure if you look at some of the comments below, you would find a few comments similar to yours.

      Eye color is not a simple genetic trait. Several other eye colors are possible even if both parents have the same eye color. For example, if both parents have brown eyes, it is still possible for their child to be blue- or green-eyed. So I'd say the probability may be small but it is possible.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Henry 3 months ago

      But seriously I'm writing again cause I want to know how every single person in my family has either brown or blue eyes and I'm the only one that has green eyes?

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      Henry 3 months ago

      I have green eyes my mom has brown eyes my dad has blue eyes and my sister has blue eyes everyone in my family has either brown or blue eyes which is weird cause I'm the only person in my family that has green eyes

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      Hannah ponce de leon 3 months ago

      i am spanish my eyes are like gray and change color to blue and green depending on what mood im in and what color clothes im wearing

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      hemn 3 months ago

      WTF,brown's and green's eatio of votes are almost same.

      (19/8/2017)

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      Randy 3 months ago

      Blue with a gold ring next to pupil...

      With less direct light turn darker neon reflective GREEN.

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      Gus Cast 3 months ago

      I am 100% Mexican and was born with sky blue/grey eyes. At 8 months they began to change to green. In most light they looks green, but when I wear blue or in white environments they look bright blue!??! My mother had a great grandmother with blue eyes and my fathers lineage most have green eyes going back about 6 generations! I went to school in a very small state in Mexico, in a class of about 20 kids, 4 had green eyes and 3 had hazel eyes, in Mexico!!!

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      Nikolche 3 months ago

      mine are pretty wierd mostly they are blue they have some green in the centre and near the pupil they have a tiny tiny bit of brown

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      Kitty 3 months ago

      Idk what mine is cause its always a different color idk if its hazel or not cause somtimes i have bright green and amber eyes sometimes.

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      Elica 3 months ago

      Many people on here are posting stuff about people with blue eyes having brown eyed children or viseversa and their is a reason. Technically all Blue eyed people are related somehow, because blue eyes are really just a genetic mutation witch affects the OCA2 which basically turns off the ability to produce brown eyes. So if two blue eyed people have a kid with brown eyes it's probably from the genes one of them have, because blue eyes are a submissive gene so it has the same rules like a Punnett square meaning a 75% chance two blue eyed people can have a brown eyed child. And if only one parent has blue eyes they will still have a non mutated gene which is dominant and with the other parent without blue eyes they will most likely not have a blue eyed child. With parents who both have brown eyes the mutated gene may not have shown for generations but if both parents carry the mutated gene, even if hiding for so long there is a possibility the child can have blue eyes. This can all get very complicated, even if only doing blue, green and brown eyes because you only have 2 genes and most likely a hidden gene. Because it all matters up to the First prominent gene to dicide if the child will have brown eyes, and if not they will result with a different color despite if both parents have brown or blue eyes. There's a lot of new information and research on the internet now into regards of eye color. I hope this helps and wasn't to confusing.

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      Zoey 3 months ago

      I have deep brown eyes, with smallgreen rings around my pupil

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      bOsi 3 months ago

      when i look in the mirror my eyes are blue with some yellow on top and they look green from further away

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      Renee 3 months ago

      My Dad has brown eyes. My mother had true green eyes. My brother and sister had brown eyes. I had blue eyes until 18. After I got pregnant, my eyes turned bright green with a dark blue limbal ring. So strange. Why did my eyes completely change color? (Can't imagine hormones alone could do that, but they did later make my hair permanently curly so...)

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      Zen 3 months ago

      I have violet eyes (no albinism) I have very dark blue eyes what seem dark violet.

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      Sarah 3 months ago

      My eyes change color to amber then it is brown then green then you can see specs of black

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      Elizabeth Danielle 3 months ago

      I have green eyes with specks of grey and violet.

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      No one 3 months ago

      No idea what my eye colour is XD It looks silver, with a gold ring around the pupil

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      Rauch 4 months ago

      I have golden eyes. Is that rare cause I think it is.

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      Grim 4 months ago

      My eye color change from time to time, when im tired and its night its blue, in the noon its gray, in the morning its green, and if i cry its super green, my eyes are weired

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      Stormy 4 months ago

      How Rare Are Amber Eyes?

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      Cilian 4 months ago

      I have blue gray and green eye's with a limbal ring is it than rare ?

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      Debra 4 months ago

      My Mom, sister and I all have light blue eyes. My Dad had true green eyes (not hazel). Both my Mom's parents had brown eyes and of their seven children only one was brown-eyed -- so much for brown is "dominant". I once had a boss who had brown eyes along with his four brothers as well as his wife and their three boys had blue eyes. Again, my eyes are light blue and my husband's are brown, along with his parents and three siblings. Our only son has hazel-green eyes. There seems to be no science to it despite what they say.

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      Callum 4 months ago

      My eyes have been blue all my life, but now a strong amber yellow colour is starting to come out from the pupil, why is this?

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      tron 4 months ago

      Some people say my eyes are orange,so I just end up asking everyone in my way to check for the color of my eye

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      Krista 4 months ago

      My granddaughter has a mixture of light brown and gray. She is only 7 months old, and I know they can change, but it's odd that we're seeing those colors on her. Makes her absolutely gorgeous!

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      Edmund Custers 4 months ago

      Hi Lounis, you are very welcome. Indeed, "Bizarre" and "Wonderful" are befitting words to describe those genes. Thank you for reading and leaving your thoughts behind.

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      Lounis 4 months ago

      Just wondering, I have brown eyes, my father has Amber eyes, brother and sister have both green eyes as well as a lot of my cousins, and we are from North Africa in Algeria. These eyes genes are so bizarre and wonderful ! thanks for the article !

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      Shawn M. 4 months ago

      I was wondering how common dark green eyes with dark red sunburnt are?

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      jayne reid 4 months ago

      I think red is the rarest of them all

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      melissa 4 months ago

      i am the only person in my school with black eyes and everyone says i have black eyes and even my teachers and I am the only one in my family with black eyes and everyone has brown or blue or hazel eyes in my class.

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      Edmund Custers 4 months ago

      Hi Lisa, I think it is possible. Research has shown that the way eye color is inherited is not as simple as scientists initially thought. There are several genes involved, with possible interaction between them.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you enjoyed the read.

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      LisaPhilips 5 months ago

      My daughter is always telling me my eyes are dark Amber,I'm wondering if that's even possible when one of my parents has bluish green eyes,while the other had dark brown eyes.

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      Hazzel 5 months ago

      What does it mean if your eyes change depending on your emotions? How rare is that?

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      It's a secret. 5 months ago

      Is there a light hazel? My eyes change from gray to green and sometimes dark blue. I have no brown in my eyes, but they are mostly gray. My mom had blue eyes and my dad had brown and green hazel.

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      Stephanie 5 months ago

      My daughter actually has Brown green and blue eyes very odd but beautiful I just wanted to know how many people can say that! Her eyes start off Brown around the iris then fade.to green and then blue around the out side!

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      Layla 5 months ago

      And what about those (like me) whose eyes change color? Iv had mine change from hazel to green, when i was younger they changed from hazel to purple!

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      5 months ago

      I dont have any of the eye colours. They arent green nor blue, mine are in the middle.

      Do you know why?

      Plus, my eyes are always like this and they dont have to do with sun reflection or the objects.

      Ps, my eyes are pretty much aqua XD

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      Liz 5 months ago

      I think the results of the question to what eye colour people have here might not be representative for the actual population. Lots of people may have visited this site because they have green eyes and want to find out more.

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      Shawn 5 months ago

      As a child, my eyes were really dark brown and the ring around the iris has always been blue. Now my eye color isn't as dark brown as it was when I was a child (closer to a medium to light brown but not hazel), but the ring around my iris is a deep blue and can be seen up close.

      My sisters eye bright grey. When we were children her eyes changed colors with the seasons. They would change to a greenish color. My other siblings eyes were deep dark brown or brown and 3 siblings with grey eyes.

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      Mel 5 months ago

      I've answered black, but I already knew they were just a very dark brown. I answered black because they're so dark that everyone think they're black. My eyes color remember me of cola or dark coffee. It look black unless you look at it under the right light but it's actually dark brown.

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      daniel 6 months ago

      what if my eye is like blue and a dark outline. what color is that supposed to be

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      Edmund Custers 6 months ago

      Hi Elena, thank you for stopping and sharing. I hope you enjoyed the read. Your eyes are beautiful. I must say I have seen cats with a similar eye color.

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      Elena 6 months ago

      My eyes are yellow :) People have called me "tiger eyes" or even thought I was wearing contact lenses because they couldn't believe my eyes are real. They're a golden light brown in the centre and pale yellow in the rest of the iris. Very rare. My father eyes are hazel green and my mother's amber so I think I'm a mix of both.

      Let you a picture: https://gyazo.com/841777e14c164c12c2559f582d358f37

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      Sara Good 6 months ago

      It's also said that it's extremely rare for a red head to have blue eyes but every red head I know which is mostly my family have blue eyes

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      Ali 6 months ago

      Many of the people in my area claim to have green eyes although they have very blue eyes. I say I have grey eyes and they always look gray. Why can't people just accept that we can't all have green eyes?

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      Misty 6 months ago

      One eye is green and amber. the other eye is blue, green and amber. They change colors. Ab- blood.

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      Anna 6 months ago

      Thought this was cool because my eyes are green but they also have a dark ring of what appears to be gray. My pupils can often get really big for some reason. Maybe my eyes strain to get lighting. The two would make sense because I do have glasses with a very high prescription. This is a very interesting article. The only reason I found it is at my friends mention of purple eyes in fact being real.

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      Luke E NW 6 months ago

      My eyes are a mix of blue and grey.

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      jennifer lay 6 months ago

      I absolutely have Green. But no one else in my family has Green. They all have a Blue or a brown. I find this absolutely strange. Except for My Grandmother had one Blue Eye and one Green Eye. Otherwise I would think its a fluke.

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      Fay 6 months ago

      Hi, my eye color has changed into various shades since the year 2015. I woke up and noticed a shade of red surrounding my original eye color and noticed the same case happened to a cousin of mine that morning. Later on after a near death experience through drugging, when I was recovering, a friend of mine gave me a mirror and I saw cat-like eyes which almost made me throw away the mirror. Then they transformed into a shade of brownish redddish then the lower part turned brown whereas the rest of the eye was black now they are brown in a way I can't explain especially in photos and they are very thick and huge in a way then at times they appear black..

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      Happyfun543 6 months ago

      Honestly my eyes are less hazel and more brown, because my eyes have no blue and very little green, but in light they are orange and yellow specked. They never change in different light. Everybody I tell this to thinks I have Amber eyes. Could that be right? Please respond i need it. Thank you.