Rarest Eye Color in Humans

Updated on January 24, 2018
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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, Amber and Violet/Red (these three are extremely rare)
• 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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      Pete 

      41 hours ago

      People that observe my eyes often say that my eyes are unique in a way that most call them cat eyes because of the fact that my eyes are a solid green around the edges and towards the Iris they start to turn yellow closely resembling a cats eyes, I get alot of compliments about them and people often ask me what nationality I am, and to be honest I am Half polish on my fraternal side and on my maternal side it gets a little crazy because my mother's father was totally German but her mother was one half French and the other half Czechoslovakian, so that proves the facts are right when it states that most green eyed people come from Eastern Europe and closely surrounding areas, and to boot my mom has the same green eyes and my father also had green eyes!

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      Edmund Custers 

      6 days ago

      Hello Sophia, I think it depends on the amount of blue in them. It might be more or less hazel if the amount of blue is insignificant. It's hard to say without having seen your eyes. Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you found the post interesting.

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      Sophia Springer 

      6 days ago

      So i have three eye colors in my eyes I have blue,green and Brown like does it count for hazel eyes?

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      Anu 

      7 days ago

      I have a deep shade of brown eyes with half grey specks

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      Jaylyn 

      8 days ago

      My eyes are a blue gray and green mix and change colors depending on the lighting and for those ppl with brown eyes your eyes are beautiful they are like melted chocolate or the color of the smooth bark of trees or little sunsets of multiple shades of beautiful brown when the sun hits them

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      Iqra 

      8 days ago

      Is there a way for people to change their eye color because i just have plain boring brown eyes and I would love to have have hazel eye s

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      Aisha 

      10 days ago

      I have brown hair red highlights and black eyes

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      Wintersweet 

      2 weeks ago

      I have mid brown eyes, my Mum has green eyes, my Dad has grey eyes and my brother has bright blue eyes.

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      We 

      2 weeks ago

      Im from Tunisia , north Africa

      I have green eyes and black hair

      Most of my mum family have the same comination :)

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      Autumn 

      2 weeks ago

      My eyes look like brown because they have yellow in it and they are large but other part of them looks like green and even blue sometimes. When someone asks me what color they are I'm just saying green.

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      Vanessa 

      2 weeks ago

      My eyes r blue and around my iris is a gold spikey ring from a far they look gray but how rare is 2 colors in a eye

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      Aldric 

      4 weeks ago

      I'm middle eastern with dark-white skin and my eyes are totally black... like even African people got lighter eyes than mine lol xD

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      Sugar 

      4 weeks ago

      My eyes have a sort of yellow colour around the pupil and then it mixes with blue and then the rest of my eye is grey.

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      “Now i have a fire in my belly!” -natsu from fairy tail an anime 

      5 weeks ago

      near my pupils my eyes are gold/yellow as well as brown, the rest of my eye is conterversally grey or blue though can appear green depending on lighting and I have a dark navy ring around my eyes. So pretty much all of the colours. Here comes my idenity crisis.

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      Fine line 

      5 weeks ago

      I’m not entirely sure what color my eyes are their kinda on a fine line of light blue or grey which I guess is kinda common seeing Anon’s comment

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      Sharon rychcik 

      5 weeks ago

      I also have double eyelash's and green eyes the rarest I wonder why!

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      Suzanne m 

      6 weeks ago

      I have blue hazel eyes sometimes they look really blue and other times hazel why is that because I have yet to meet someone with eyes like mind

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      Hey 

      6 weeks ago

      Color eyes are actually a deformity.

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      JUST SOMEONE 

      6 weeks ago

      near my pupils my eyes are gold/yellow as well as brown, the rest of my eye is conterversally grey or blue though can appear green depending on lighting and I have a dark navy ring around my eyes. So pretty much all of the colours. Here comes my idenity crisis.

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      Kyle McLemore 

      6 weeks ago

      Another detail about Elizabeth Taylor, she was also found to have very prominent blood vessels underlying the iris, during times of better blood flow the red under-hue would be seen through the blue and cause a violet reaction, not true violet, but as close as humans can reach.

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      Anon 

      6 weeks ago

      My eyes have different colors sometimes. The more light there's going into my eye the more green my eye looks around the pupil. Otherwise my eyes are really light blue/gray

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      Random girl 

      7 weeks ago

      I have dark eyes. They look black. Everyone I see tells me they’re black. Even in the sun, you can’t see my pupil. That’s how dark they are. But I’m not sure how rare they are.

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      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      7 weeks ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      Very interesting and concise! My father had a blue eye and a green one.

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      7 weeks ago

      Hi. I have green eyes, but they they are greyish: about 80% green and 20 % grey (Or even 19% grey and 1 % blue). It is the most boring eye color in Russia. So in Russia, people consider the dark eyes to be rare. And the darker, the better. The so called black eyes would be considered exautic beauty in Russia. Green eyes remind of grass, which is considered to be plain boring and dull in sight. However, blue eyes are not considered boring as blue color reminds us day sky and is also considered beautiful.

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      A Person 

      7 weeks ago

      I have brown around the pupil, the base iris is green and the edge of the iris is navy blue.... what would you call that?

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      Odd eyes 

      7 weeks ago

      Can I just say, my eyes are really odd. They change from silvery-grey with a green tinge to ice blue. they go really light in winter but in summer they grow darker. I have a slight limbal ring that comes and goes. One day, a guy said my eyes look green. I can never truly tell what my eye colour is. And, is it normal that my half of my friends have green eyes, so, how could they be rare if most the people I know have green eyes? Both my parents eyes are green and I always though why aren't my eyes green like my parents? I know a guy who's eyes look like they have a few rings in their iris. Can someone please tell me why my eyes are silvery-greyish and my parents are green. And, my identical twin, his eyes are darker than mine. I know we aren't supposed to be exactly the same but they aren't too similar.

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      To Good At Good Byes 

      7 weeks ago

      I have Green eyes with a tint of yellow

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      Random person 

      8 weeks ago

      I can't see my eye color without flashlight. It's just very dark brown, is that considered as black eyes?

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      Kassandra 

      8 weeks ago

      I just my eye color is Dark Brown and Almost black

      My boyfriend he eye color light blue is very beautiful

      We will go to future My daughter are eye color : Hazel or green

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      Pure black eyes 

      8 weeks ago

      "Pure black eyes don't exist."

      Aniridia.

      *drops mic*

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      student 

      8 weeks ago

      im in class at Fontana high and I don't know how I got to this page

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      Sage 

      8 weeks ago

      I have light brown eyes, but when they reflect off of light, there slightly gold.

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      Jody 

      2 months ago

      I had corrected surgery over 30 years ago and Dr said I have silver eyes. They change color multiple times per day. Also have patterns around my pupil.

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      gianna 

      2 months ago

      I have gray-green hazel because my dad had green hazel and my mom has light gray eyes. I have a very black limble ring around my eyes. Around the puple there is brown and gray

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      Anonymoose 

      2 months ago

      My eye color is pure black. I went to the doctors I was just curios and she said it was pure black. IDK if this is true but when I look in the mirror it looks to be completely black.

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      Edmund Custers 

      2 months ago

      Hi, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I've read several comments about hazel eyes. Some people with hazel eyes say their eye color seems to shift from hazel to green or from hazel to brown, depending on the degree of brown or green in their eyes, the color of their clothing and the lighting on the room. This phenomenon appears to be common among hazel-eyed folks.

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      Hi 

      2 months ago

      My eyes are light brown in the winter and hazel-green in the summer. Is that possible?

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      Anonymous Pro 

      2 months ago

      what it ur eyes are in between brown and hazel??

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      Al 

      2 months ago

      I have a mix of color in my eyes. Blue, Gray, Brown, green, and yellow.

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      Jon A Gray 

      2 months ago

      My eyes are a color of silver , what does that mean ??

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      Ikidala 

      2 months ago

      My eyes were a mid range blue, until lately yellow/gold is taking over my irises. I also lost a part of my limbal ring roughly in the same spots on my irises, I am only 44 I've had significant damage to both eyes where my sclera and cornea were both torn open and a small chunk of my cornea on both eyes were gone so I don't know if my limbal ring is gone from that damage. I am so interested in the color change going on with my eyes, quite interesting.

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      Luka 

      2 months ago

      my eye color is so strange but I think it is gray-green or something like that

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      Alberic 

      2 months ago

      When i was little, my eye color was solid deep blue and it changed during my teen years. Now my eye color is blue with yellowish green. My father's eye color was gray and his parents same as him. Mother's eye color is light blue same as her mother. But her dad's was dark brown.

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      Stephanie 

      2 months ago

      I have eyes that change with my mood, but they change completely. Ive been searching for information but I cant find any. My boyfriend said it was one of the absolute rarest types of iris, but like i said i cant find any info. Any insight into how this happens and why be very appreciated.

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      Danielle 

      2 months ago

      I have regular brown eyes, although they are very dark. In a light that provides you to see properly, my eyes look like a regular brown, just a little darker. When I’m in a room that is dark or either has ok lights, if you didn’t look carefully, my eyes seem the same color as my pupil. I’ve seen many people who have this, and I do wish to have rarer eyes.

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      J.M.G. 

      2 months ago

      My eyes are blue although sometimes it seems that they have a lot more green than they used to have, when I was a kid. When I was a kid my hair was blonde and had been getting darker for some reason, well now it is turning gray. Well at least my eyes won’t be gray, I hope not anyway.

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      Liz Elias 

      2 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Very interesting! Though the results of your poll seem do belie the color green as being the rarest. My eyes are green; but they changed as I aged. I had blue eyes as a child, and into my late teens, when I became of age for a driver's license, I listed my eye color as blue, for it was.

      However, the older I got, the less blue and the more green my eyes became, so that I now, (and ever since my mid-30s), have to list my eye color as green, not blue.

      I'm not sure how that is explained.

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      HTTYDGDQ 

      2 months ago

      My mother always says I have beautiful eyes. They change from day to day and are almost never a noticeable solid color. For in stance today (April 19) my eyes were a mixture of green, blue, and outlined with a gray ring. I look in the mirror and it was pretty cool. I actually can't settle on one color. I don't believe it's based on moods unless green means confused or blue is mad. One day I had 3 colors in my eyes, and it wasn't mixed. My eyes were divided into three parts. Blue, green, and brown. Is have to admit they were pretty awesome.

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      ???? 

      3 months ago

      My eyes actually are never the same color, so it's hard to say what they truly are. I've had light blue, teal, steel blue, yellow, dark blue, grey, and emerald green iris's and this is a mutation that my Mother, brother, and my sister have.

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      Skye 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are blue-green . They are very rare.

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      Luna 

      3 months ago

      A blue eyed mom and a brown eyed dad had a child. 1st daughter was blue eyed. Both adult were brunettes. Daughter had blonde hair. 2nd daughter was like dad. I'm the recessive child.

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      Amy Ercole 

      3 months ago

      Alright, I’ve been scouring the Internet forever trying to find someone like me. I have red hair, and one blue eye and one greenish/hazel with a tiny teeny spot of blue in it. Apparently red hair and blue eyes are the rarest genetic combination, which has always left me wondering where that leaves me, and if there’s anyone else out there who shares both of these mutations! Thank you!

      L

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      sharanjeet singh (sharan baath) 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are the most unique in the world. My eyes are an amberish hazel color it’s weird and brown (i dnt knw which type of my eyes) , but when it is it lighting its brown and if it night or very dark they appear to be black.

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      Maria Stella Bagaipo 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are black and optometrists find it quite hard to locate my pupils whenever I have my eyes examined and refracted for my eyeglasses.

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      Uchiha Itachi 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are the most unique in the world. My eyes are red and there are three tomoe. I can change the shape of my eyes to what my father said "Mangeyō Sharing an". You lower human beings shall bow down in front of me.

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      luna 

      3 months ago

      i have hazel eyes but when it is it lighting its brown and if it night or very dark they appear to be black.

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      Laura 

      3 months ago

      I have blue eyes sometimes grey. So does my sone . We also I think it's a double white where our eyes ball has a light blue coating then white, thereso got to be an old wives tail about it. But my boys eyes are started lingerie blue they are amazing. I had this when I was young all I was named was blue eyes. My bother has green brown and amber eyes my dad was blue. Brothers brown other blue.

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      Jen 

      3 months ago

      My right eye is green with brown central heterochromia (green but brown around the middle, a bit like a limbal ring but more intense) and my left eye has segmental heterochromia where it’s half green and half brown

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      Aria Rose 

      3 months ago

      Also actually in bright lights they’re an amberish hazel color it’s weird

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      Aria Rose 

      3 months ago

      I have like, Black eyes but my mom has amberish hazel eyes and my dad has brownish eyes. My eyes look golden when in certain lightning which is odd. I’ve always wanted amber eyes instead of black because although black is rare it looks plain and ugly on me lol. I’m tan mostly white with like black hair it’s weird. I’m 12 but I’m hoping my eyes turn amber or hazel like my brothers when I’m older. Is it possible? Also some articles say every race that isn’t Caucasian has black eyes but my schools mostly Asians and they don’t have my eye shade. It’s rlly weird. Halp

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      Amaryllis925 

      3 months ago

      I have central heterochromia. I have brown streaks around the pupil and the rest of my eye is green. I also have a limbal ring around the pupil that looks like a dark blue.

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      Strong girl 

      3 months ago

      I have amber gold eyes and have never seen anyone with eyes like mine. They are very pretty i am lucky.

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      Nnoelle 

      3 months ago

      All eye colors are beautiful

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      Claire 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are the strangest things. I either have a very large black pupil that takes up almost all of my eye, grey around the black, then dark blue or I have very small pupils and ice blue or royal blue. My eyes change color.

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      Anonymous 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are dark dark brown, some people think they are black.

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      3 months ago

      i wish i could have cool eyes, all my features are basic :(

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      Meadowheart 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are dark brown. Boring, normal, brown. I wish I had green or amber eyes . . . but I don't, and I can't change it.

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      Me 

      3 months ago

      Savage? No one cares. Stop putting people down. Why do you even care what their eye colour is? Does it really affect you that much?

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      Savage 

      3 months ago

      Stop saying you have green eyes, because you don’t. You just want people to think you’re special, but my eyes are successfully confirmed green. You say you have green eyes, but you really have hazel. Why can’t you get them tested?

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      :o 

      3 months ago

      Friends say that i have gray/grey eyes or 'OMG THOSE EYES LOOK RARE', my papa says they are aqua, my mother says they are blue, stranger/bullies (Idk what they think, but I think I would know) my say, 'Are those color contacts?' My Mother has green eyes, and My father has blue eyes, my brother.. well maybe a mix. I look into my mother eyes, it looks green-ish gray-ish. BUT MY EYES STILL REMAIN A MYSTERY

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      Jeremie N 

      3 months ago

      I have green eyes whitch get darker to the outside and whitch are golden in the middle

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      Ace 

      4 months ago

      My eyes are light green. In some lights, they apparently appear yellow-green or even gold. I am blonde, and more than once, people have said: Your eyes are the same color as your hair!

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      Eye color? 

      4 months ago

      My eyes are fully green yet they have a slight brown ring around them and a blue outer ring. They never change color and are always the same color. Is it green heterochima? Or what?

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      Alli 

      4 months ago

      Its a bit weird, my eyes are blue but when I blink and pull my eye up it turns grey, and then to a blue-ish green and then back to blue.

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      Mysterious Me 

      4 months ago

      I have two different eye color on my left eye is green and the other is blue.

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      LoneTimberWolf 

      4 months ago

      And the LoneTimberWolfGirl comments were me I didn't realize I wasn't logged in

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      LoneTimberWolf 

      4 months ago

      Just realized that over 8000 people who voted have amber eyes though

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      LoneTimberWolfGirl 

      4 months ago

      My eyes are amber, but as they are a darker shade of amber, per say, people confuse my eyes for dark brown. doesn't help that my eyes change drastically with my mood. My eyes confuse me. But i know i was born with relatively *black* eyes. And now i am definitely positive that they are amber, but darken and lighten with my mood. On top of this, I have the MC1R mutation, yay i've got my red locks as my scottish and irish ancestors. Idk though I have a lot of recessive genes. My eyes are just weird

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      S Maree 

      4 months ago

      Blue, although right eye has a heterochromia brown spot. Had a green-eyed kitty with a heterochromia spot of amber. We were soul-sisters! One young eye doctor was fascinated with my spot. He asked me if I always had it or felt anything different. All I could tell him was that I always had it & no, never noticed anything odd. You'd think they'd teach that kind of stuff to them!

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      Wat is my lyf even? 

      4 months ago

      I have green eyes with brown in the middle. I also have a yellow dot and a brown-blackish dot on each eye. Should I say that my eye color is rare or not??

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      The Snow Leopard 

      4 months ago

      I found this article very intresting! I hope you write many more!

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      Sirsheep 

      4 months ago

      I have a mix of blue, green, and hazel is that rare?

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      MickieJ0729 

      4 months ago

      I have green eyes with brown dots. My nephew says they look like kiwi.

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      Tiffanie 

      4 months ago

      I have a dark brown around the iris while hazel on the edge. My eyes also look like they're cyber-genetically engineered. Why?

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      Sofia 

      4 months ago

      I have gray eyes but with hint of blue what should I call that

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      Roll Tide 

      4 months ago

      My husband has seas blue eyes with yellow stars in the middle. He has very good night vision, and amazing peripheral vision. His family supposedly existed in Scotland before the Scots, then became Scottish Lords, and later English Lords. His mom's family is the last of an ancient line of German royals of the masculine Germans. He was told his odd eyes came from Egypt; perhaps from a famous Egyptian ruler or something: with some of that person's children leaving Egypt. We did a DNA search, and he does have a lot of German, Scotch, English, Viking, and Greek DNA. He also has over 2% Egyptian oddly enough. Our research indicates he does seem to be descended from Scotch and English lords, as well as ancient German royalty. Surprisingly; it appears history states his family did exist in Scotland before the Scots arrived. When he was young my husband was extremely strong, athletic, and very intelligent. He also has a large head, which has an odd somewhat pointed elongated section in the back, which he tries to hide with hair and hats.

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      No name 

      4 months ago

      I'm confused about your ranking of the rarity of eye colors.

      You listed green, amber, and red/violet first as they are extremely rare. Then you list black second but also said that NO eyes are true black.

      Black then should not have been on the list and just add a note that no true eyes are black.

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      Lisa 

      4 months ago

      What if you central heterochromia, so technically have two eye colors in same eye on both? I never know what to say when people ask me my eye color. The part around pupil is brown and my iris is a turquoise or greenish blue. It is not very blue, but not green. However, when I say they're blue, people want to argue with me and tell me they're green. But they can't be, since nobody has green eyes in my family and it has its own special gene I thought. They're more like a murky blue green turquoise. So turquoise or blue/green should be on here, because I think there's lots of people who have my color eyes but there's never a category for it, yet there's one for yellow and violet, but I've never seen yellow eyes on a person. Oh well, "Other" it is then...

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      Kameron 

      4 months ago

      The main color of my eyes are grey and the ring around the inside of the eye is brown and the outer ring is green and I have flecks of gold around the grey parts of my eye

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      Kelly 

      5 months ago

      My eyes change color, I was born with Amber eyes, which changed to black, then to blue, and now are brown. My eyes now change color depending on my mood, but on of my eyes is BIG time lighter than the other.

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      Jancie 

      5 months ago

      I have super dark eyes and practically nobody can see the color.

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      Larry 

      5 months ago

      My son has one eye that is half blue half brown the other eye is half blue half greyish white

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      Michael Reasner 

      5 months ago

      My eyes are 4 colors. Violet ring, green with blots of amber/gold and grey in the center. The grey is shaped like earth's Land mass. The first picture is one of the first human beings I have found to have some sort of comparison.

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      L E Chase 

      5 months ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting article! My son and I both have green eyes with gold around the pupil. My son actually has more gold than I do. We have both heard that we have Johny Depp "mad hatter eyes." lol.

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      A magical person 

      5 months ago

      My friends are always having arguments about what my eye colour is, to be honest nobody really knows. One of my friends say they're yellow, another says they're bright blue, another says they're green and then another says they're grey. I really don't know. My eye color changes on a daily basis for no apparent reason. People have gotten used to my eyes changing colour now but they still do have the odd argument about it now and again. It's kinda getting annoying so here I am trying to do some research. Wish me luck xD

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      Norwegian dude 

      5 months ago

      My eyes are green with a golden color radiating from the pupil, i'm pretty sure i have Green eyes with central heterochromia.

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      georgia 

      5 months ago

      @Michelle

      I have blue green eyes, my eyes are green but with a blue circle around them and moving inward where you can see the blue color under the green color nearer towards my pupil. My ID just classifies me as having green eyes.

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      ernesto 

      5 months ago

      I have Hazel green I wish I had blue eyes because i like blue at least Hazel is semi rare more rare then brown

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      Mira 

      5 months ago

      I have Yellow eyes and i never knew they where rare

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      Michelle 

      5 months ago

      what about blue-green? I always thought they were hazel or the idea hazel mean brown-green or blue green. But that does not seem to be the case. So where does blue-green go and what do you put on your passport?

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