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.


Eye Color Poll

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Questions & Answers

  • Can scientists genetically engineer people to have different eye colors?

    This is possible in theory. It involves editing the eye color genes in a human egg and sperm cell, replacing one set of genes with another. The embryo can then develop into a person with a specifically chosen eye color. This kind of gene modification is called germline engineering. Researchers are already testing this on animals but not yet on humans – it is still illegal to design babies.

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      Phantom 

      6 hours ago

      I have Spanish hazel (aka amber-y brown-y green)

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      hi 

      8 hours ago

      my eyes are light red

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      George 

      3 days ago

      My eyes are blueish-green.

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      Sy 

      4 days ago

      yo i got hazel

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      Mel 

      5 days ago

      I got brown eyes ;) im common

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      jojo 

      7 days ago

      my eyes are a crystal blue but have a dark black ring around it

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      Ajuna 

      7 days ago

      I have central heterochromia so the color around my pupil is green and then it gets blue

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      Brileigh 

      10 days ago

      I have violet eyes but I wear color contacts, 'cause when I first started to go to school in second grade I got bullied because of my eye color. Now everyone thinks I have blue eyes which are still pretty I'm not gonna lie, but I like my natural eyes color better.

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      Lance 

      10 days ago

      I have Amber eyes.

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      Pressley 

      11 days ago

      My eyes are outlined with brown then like a bluish greenish and in the middle my eyes have yellow spikes

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      Mew 

      13 days ago

      I have blue eyes, they can look slightly grey at times, but they look blue

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      Ica 

      2 weeks ago

      I have copper orange/red eyes. Is this considered amber eyes?

      My mom has brown/green hazel eyes and my dad has deep brown eyes.

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      Dalton 

      2 weeks ago

      What if your eyes are Heterochromia iridum and one eyes green and one eye is amber?

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      Nutter Butter 

      2 weeks ago

      I have hazel blue eyes

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      Matt 

      2 weeks ago

      My eyes were a sapphire blue when Iwas a baby now they are green with hints of yellow

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      WARRIOR CATS Aquapools destiny 

      3 weeks ago

      I have violet eyes, oddly one of my eyes change colors from violet to blue when I get angry

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      IshHellraiser 

      4 weeks ago

      my eyes are a crimson red

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      cherish 

      4 weeks ago

      my eyes are deep blue

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      ZOOOX 

      5 weeks ago

      My eye color is blue-ish violet, it changes colors to blue and turquoise, is that rare, bcz its weird,

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      Farida y 

      5 weeks ago

      My eye color has been changing by time is that ok

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      Nataly❤️ Barrera 

      2 months ago

      My eyes are brown also my teacher is making my class do to a eye color essay also thanks for the information about these eye colors

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      Ann 

      2 months ago

      My eyes changes color. It goes by the mood i am in.. Now it is black with green around it

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      Jes 

      2 months ago

      My eye color is hazel mixed with brown with green and golden specs. Is this a rare combination??

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      sup 

      3 months ago

      I commented about this not to long ago, but my eyes are russet brown which gives them a red-brown color. My eyes can appear more red depending on what I am wearing, how I feel, what I'm doing, and what kind of light is hitting my eyes. After reading this and then shining a bright light in my eyes I noticed that my left eye is a light brighter and more red than my rite. I found this interesting. I also then looked at my siblings eyes. My brothers eyes are very similar. Both of them have a mix of blue,green, brow, and amber. Except the younger one had a lot more amber in his eye that appears in that ring around the pupal. I'm pretty sure that my sisters eyes are blue and can turn grey sometimes. My mom has brown eyes, but I don't know the variant. I don't know what eyes my biological father possessed, but I have a feeling that they were some kind of blue or grey. It is weird to think that I'm the only kid that got brown eyes. I love my eyes even though my friend says that they are eval. What would you think if you encountered someone with eyes like mine?

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      sup 

      3 months ago

      I have russet brown eyes. The red pigment is really predominant and scares a lot of people when they notice it. I really like them though. I have also noticed that my eyes will appear more red when felling certain emotions. Is that normal?

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      Adriana 

      3 months ago

      Way scientists aren't accepting that rerest of the black eye color in research?

      I have a very dark eye color that reflects like a mirror and can't seem to find a good answer for my eye color!

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      FAL DEMON 

      3 months ago

      i have green eyes

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      Jess 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are hazel with an amber center and very thick dark ring around the outside and what looks like gold nuggets in the hazel my husband has blue eyes with central hetrachromia and our daughter has one eye thats half brown and half hazel and the other is half brown and half amber with a thick line around the outsides is that unusual?

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      Rhiannon 

      3 months ago

      My eyes are naturally Hazel though during the summer months they become more of an Amber colour

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      Jacqie 

      4 months ago

      My grandma, mom, older sister, and I have hazel eyes and their quit common in my family

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      Albino Porcupine 

      4 months ago

      My mother was born with black eyes.

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      Mayeli 

      4 months ago

      my eyes are weird they are black(really dark brown) but have a hint of hazzel in the black in the light and have a weird yellow conined with green ring surrounding them

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      Taki lover 

      4 months ago

      My eyes were blue when i was born, but they changed and now they are almost black

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      Natalie 

      4 months ago

      My eyes are dark green, like not quite an emerald but like if you were to take an emerald and put a backdrop of black behind it, but I have rings of bright blue and specks of brown in places

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      niko 

      4 months ago

      on my lift its all green and on the right side on the side its brown and the rest is green

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      Riley 

      4 months ago

      My eyes can sometimes be blue and green in both my eyes then other times they can be dark but not dark blue black or gray and then in the sun my eyes are aqua.

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      AMP 

      4 months ago

      I have grey eyes but also have partial heterochromia, with sections and clumps of dark green mixed in, so that's pretty cool I guess.

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      Adam 

      4 months ago

      I have dark blue towards my pupil that turns to dark green half way through the iris is this rare

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      Christian 

      4 months ago

      My eyes are hazel or green they keep changing but now it’s summer and they are turning light green so I think it has to do with temperature

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      palmtree09 

      5 months ago

      my eyes change on the temperature and my mood.

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      Jack Hex 

      5 months ago

      My eyes are Amber, very bright gold color with grey on the outer edge.

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      Hamza Hussein 

      5 months ago

      My eyes change from dark brown to brown to brownish gold

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      Nipper 

      5 months ago

      Looks like loads of people with hazel eyes are putting green.

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      A person 

      5 months ago

      My eyes change depending on season and weather it’s cool like in spring there a mix of blue green and yellow

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      Me 

      5 months ago

      My eyes change color everyday and I think it is really weird

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      Rob 

      5 months ago

      Do you have any data on the statistical frequency of heterochromia in general, certain types of heterochromia (I'm interested in central heterochromia), or even something as specific as the frequency of different color variations in (central) heterochromia?

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      Your mom 

      5 months ago

      I honestly have always thought that my eyes were kinda grey looking but I thought I was just seeing things. I didn't know it was actually a thing. XD

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      Not telling you my name you nosy parker! XD 

      6 months ago

      My eyes are light blue with a VERY dark blue ring around the outside...my dad has the same and my grandma and my papa and my great papa...ok I am not going to list EVERYONE who has the same eyes as me! XD '¬' ;)

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      Jazlyn 

      6 months ago

      i have been told all my life that i have blue eyes but i find myself questioning that because they are so light they dont look blue

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      abnerak 

      6 months ago

      I have hazel eyes (gold around the center and green fading out) with a distictive dark blue ring ( like some one has outlinded my iris) My daughter also has this same eye color. Why do we have all 3 colors in our eyes? And how rare or common is this?

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      ABCD 

      6 months ago

      i have yellow..

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      OTTERCJ 

      6 months ago

      i have center heterochromia but they change on what i wear. usually the center ring is a gold/yellow. the rest of my eyes are bluish gray and sometimes just gray. once my mum looked at my eye color in the sunlight and they were silver/gray and gold/yellow! lol (PS everyone's eyes are awesome the way they are :) )

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      Edmund Custers 

      6 months ago

      Hi Lily, that is interesting indeed. It seems you green-eyed folk are very curious about your eye color. So you tend to land on this page more often than others. That could explain your high frequency in the above poll. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Lily 

      6 months ago

      I love how green is considered the rarest and yet 20% of people have it while 22% have brown

      I do actually have green eyes. They look green in sunlight, green-ish blue in artificial light, and gray in dim light.

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      Theresa 

      6 months ago

      I have an eye color my friend called Raw Umber with a black ring, is there such a color?

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      ThunderGirl 

      6 months ago

      My right eye is blinnd, I don't remembered how it happened can you say scintificly? If so how

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      tom 

      6 months ago

      i have blue eyes with a yellow ring around them. what does it mean?

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      bert 

      6 months ago

      i love light brown eyes

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      le 

      6 months ago

      i have green

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      manju 

      6 months ago

      i love gray color eyes

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      Ellie 

      7 months ago

      My eyes used to be pure bright green. Right now they are hazel. I might have brown eyes in about 10-20 years.

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      Anonymous 

      7 months ago

      I have pink eyes

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      Kathe 

      7 months ago

      I was born in the PNW with green eyes. They look blue in pictures. They look bright green after using THC. When I moved to the desert for a few years they looked turquoise. Truly. Back in the PNW, green again.

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      alhussein 

      7 months ago

      Hi I wish gold eyes were real but yellow eyes mean cancer if I was the only person in the world that has gold eyes I would freak out and everybody would be jealous XD so yeah bye now. Hi

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      Edmund Custers 

      7 months ago

      Hello Vienna Lopes, in the first image, they look more like hazel, because of the green surrounding the brown. In the second image they look brown, probably because of the lighting and reflection. Hazel eyes are easily impacted by the surrounding lighting and reflection. So, if the second photo is not of your twin sister (kidding), I am inclined to go for hazel. What do you think your eye color is? And your friends and family, what color do they say it is?

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found this page interesting.

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      Vienna Lopes 

      7 months ago

      Can someone tell me what eye color I have?

      https://imgur.com/LCpn7Ee

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      Another Otter 

      7 months ago

      Grewing up in Sweden where most people had blue eyes, (nowadays brown are more common because of immigration), my eyes where called brown and people asked me where I came from... But they are very dark green, only in bright light you see there are no brown.

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      TheTeller 

      7 months ago

      My eyes were blue. Now they're grayish-blue and are turning grayer. So...

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      Interestee 

      7 months ago

      Can you ask people to post a photo of the rareity of the color of their eyes ?

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      Anna 

      7 months ago

      If you look at my eyes you will see black

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      kj 

      8 months ago

      my eyes are like black blue but when i get sad or angry it turns black sliver

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      Alina 

      8 months ago

      My eyes are bright bright green no not hazel green.but they are hazel in winter but bright green in the summer.and also they have green then brown around the pupil then blue under the brown...again NOT hazel

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      Notsasukefan 

      8 months ago

      My eyes color are pretty weird. For some reason they look like sasuke's eyes when he's using sharingan

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      Emma 

      8 months ago

      My eyes are blue,gray,and green. I also have the limble ring around my eyes that is green

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      Gabriella 

      8 months ago

      I have black eyes from the night sky

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      Anastasio Villa 

      8 months ago

      My eyes are completely Amber because when I look at tree sap they’re the same color

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      Barb Hampel 

      8 months ago

      My husbands are a goldish yellow . People always think he’s wearing contacts but he’s not .

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      Noelle 

      8 months ago

      I needed this info for a book I am writing, and it was very informational and more than I needed. This topic has really fascinated me. I have dark blue eyes with streaks of yellow in them.

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      Carol 

      8 months ago

      My eyes are somewhere between brown and amber. When I color my hair any shade of a lighter brown or auburn, my eyes look amber; more gold than brown. My natural hair color before I started coloring it due to grey hair was a tawny or amber colored hair. If I color my hair a dark brown, my eyes look a much darker brown. It's odd how light they change depending on my hair color. My eye doctor said I have green specs in my eyes, so I think that's what makes them look lighter brown at times.

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      Anna 

      8 months ago

      I have the “truest” form of black eyes, of which there actually is such a thing! I have a condition called aniridia meaning there is no iris at all present inside of the eye. There is no tissue to display any color of pigmentation. I started out with medium to light colored brown eyes, and off centered, misshapen pupils and acquired aniridia slowly over time as my iris tissues eroded away. This is part of a rare anterior segment dysgenesis of the eye called axenfeld-reiger syndrome. Patients with aniridia might notice a slow darkening of the eye over time or may notice black holes in the iris that get bigger or turn into patches of significantly pigmented iris tissue with an undefined or uneven looking pupil or multiple pupils. This is often a genetic condition. Mine occurred in a gene called gap junction alpha 8, and is so rare that there have only been about 40 cases of eye disease from this gene mutation world wide.

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      akira 

      8 months ago

      i have grey eyes with a yellow ring around the pupils

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      Faze 

      8 months ago

      My eye color can change from blue to green. I've seen from some places that changing eye color is called the silver eye color. So, I'd say that I have the silver eye color.

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      Lyla 

      8 months ago

      My eyes are black and have blue on the outer side. Theyre pretty boring but I want blue.

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      nothing special 

      8 months ago

      just brown

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      Anae Shwung 

      8 months ago

      I'm from South China, and a little Korean and Jap. I've got boring eyes. Dark brown with violet on the outer side. Pretty boring. They only change in the light, which they turn light brown with the same purple on the outside. I want just plain blue. Not creepy boring eyes.

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      Hannah 

      8 months ago

      My eyes are dark brown, not close to black, but dark, they have a dark violet ring around my iris

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      Jayda Storm 

      8 months ago

      My eyes o back and forth. Sometimes they are a dark, bright blue and other times they are such a light silver that i swear they turn practically white. I have a thick black ring aroud my eyes which makes them pop more. And i think one of my eyes has a tiny speck of gold (or amber).

      Its kinda funny because my mums eyes are pretty much the exact opposite. Her eyes are usually a green or hazel but at times turn to a completely solid gold/yellow. Our eyes are pretty much opposites. Me with silver and her with gold. Lol

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      Aoki 

      8 months ago

      i have two different color eyes one is a very pale blue and the other is verylight gray with red in the middle

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      Maisy and Mara 

      8 months ago

      I have violet colored eyes and I think they're super cool because they have some amber in them too! Some people at school make fun of me because they think it's weird and creepy but I know that they make me look different in a good way! My twin sister (Mara) doesn't have the same eyes though, she has really light blue eyes which I think are just as beautiful! We both have blonde hair though and the only way people can tell us apart is by our eyes! Everyone's eyes are perfect the way they are!

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      BradMastersOCcal 

      9 months ago

      This was a well detailed and informative article. I didn't know that some of these eye colors existed.

      Did I miss where you discuss any advantage or environmental factor created the color. The comparison would be in skin color which seems to be related to where you live at least your heritage.

      Thanks

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      Lisey 

      9 months ago

      I have blue, gray, and green eyes. They change a lot. Sometimes, my eyes are gray on some parts, and green-blue on others.

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      Grace 

      9 months ago

      My eyes are really weird.. they are brown on the inside and green on the outside, I have a very prominent and dark blue limbal ring and my pupils are different sizes. I love them though!

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      Olivia 

      9 months ago

      I have bright blue eyes but absolutely no limbal ring and I am decently young so I wonder if that’s rare or not

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      Lady Gaga 

      9 months ago

      I have hazel black or dark dark brown

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      Chole 

      9 months ago

      My eyes are natural green and their so rare like

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      Lylah 

      9 months ago

      I have yellow eyes but when I’m not looking in the light, they look brown but they are actually yellow.

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      Francelene 

      9 months ago

      Eye have an odd eye color. My eyes are dark gray from the edge to about midway the iris then they are chestnut brown. They HAVE always been this way. My brother has hazel eyes they change the range from green yo brown etc... mine stay the same.

      I have always had an eye fascination surprised it took do long for me to ask.

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      Grapefruit 

      9 months ago

      My eyes are extremely dark brown and often mistaken for black!

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      Poop 

      9 months ago

      I don’t have eyes

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      yeet 

      9 months ago

      My eyes are light brown inside and amber outside. I also have a black spot in my left eye that is like a second pupil

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