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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      Tanya Lafrance 

      2 days ago

      My mother eyes were all gold. Wicked looking, but beautiful. The women in my family have bursts of gold, while the men have bursts of red.

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      Ted Mendoza 

      4 days ago

      My father has green eyes and when I look in the mirror in. The sun my eyes look like a yellowish green light drown don't know what you would call that color

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      TAMERLAPUTE 

      6 days ago

      i had dark brown eyes like a dark and warm brown shit, i hate that color cause it's the most common in the world, almost 80 % of people have brown eyes in the world.. so i gave a try to a company which sells drops in order to change the colour of your eyes and 6 months later i succeeded in obtaining light green eyes ! i'm definitely so handsome and when i go to supermarket people keep looking at me and compliment me, i'm so content !

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      TAMERLAPUTE 

      6 days ago

      i had dark brown eyes like a dark and warm brown shit, i hate that color cause it's the most common in the world, almost 80 % of people have brown eyes in the world.. so i gave a try to a company which sells drops in order to change the colour of your eyes and 6 months later i succeeded in obtaining light green eyes ! i'm definitely so handsome and when i go to supermarket people keep looking at me and compliment me, i'm so content !

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      Mia 

      7 days ago

      I HAVE the original brown eyes like the people who have hazel eyes brown but i don't have green in my eyes just brown none of my family members don't have my eye colour

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      Oscar 

      10 days ago

      I have black eyes like BLACK

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      Amber/brown 

      2 weeks ago

      the top of my iris is brown but the bottom is yellowish orange

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      Amber 

      2 weeks ago

      My brother has amber eyes when everyone in our family either have grey or brown. Weird huh?

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      Wallflower 

      3 weeks ago

      To all of those who are saying their eyes are black:

      There's no such thing as true black eyes. Just very, very dark brown.

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      Anyone have black eyes? 

      3 weeks ago

      Does anyone have black eyes not dark brown like it’s legit black

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      Green 

      3 weeks ago

      I am trying to find more direct info on green eyes with a dark blue ring. Can anyone send me in the right direction to find out more ? THANK YOU FOR YOUr help

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      my name is not relevant 

      4 weeks ago

      cool website! so many question that will be discovered in the future!

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      racgel 

      4 weeks ago

      i have blue/green eyes in the spring, but they turn hazel/brown in the cold seasons like winter and fall. is that weird? and is that normal? i mean whats happening. i'm freaking out!!

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      Happ patatoe 

      4 weeks ago

      I know someone who has one green eye and one brown eye it is so cool

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      Bina 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a really rich amber colored eyes, so I get to see amber eyes every single day. XD I have never seen anyone else with amber eyes in my life really. Also, it's odd since my entire household has hazel eyes.

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      SkyDiverDragonGirl 

      4 weeks ago

      My eyes are so dark they look black.

      Oof

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      Sonya 

      4 weeks ago

      Can we send in a photo because I can't find my eye colour any where.

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      Teresa 

      4 weeks ago

      My eyes are very dark brown, some say they are black, and there big, I love my eyes, I don’t see many people with eyes like mine except my sisters and my father.

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      Akshith Konda 

      4 weeks ago

      My eyes are black but sometimes it tends to change to brown. Like a dark and warm chocolate brown

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      Vicki 

      5 weeks ago

      My eyes are brown, but they look like they're a wine-ish colour under certain lighting.

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      Cyndi Sweet 

      5 weeks ago

      My eyes are sage-colored. No blue. No brown. Just a pale green/grey.

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      Megan Barnes 

      5 weeks ago

      My eyes are mostly blue-ish grey with a hint of amber and two dark blue strips of dark blue in my eyes

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      Rachael 

      5 weeks ago

      Mine are blue with a slight tint of green what does it mean?

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      Dray 

      5 weeks ago

      My eyes are primarily gray and blue but they come out at different times depending on my mood and lighting and things like that but I also have a yellow/gold color that is around my pupil you can see it better depending on the lighting,makeup, mood etc but I also have a very subtle light green in there too my eyes sometimes confuse me with the color

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      lildovah 

      5 weeks ago

      i have different colours eyes all black, green, gray, redish voilet, and even with this artical i still dont understand why

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      Savitar 

      5 weeks ago

      i have voilet eyes, but in different seasons, they get lighter or darker.

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      HT 

      5 weeks ago

      Amber eyes are the most beautiful.

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      Chefman990000000 

      5 weeks ago

      I have 3 distinct colors to my eyes.....blue....gray.....green

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      Anonymous 

      6 weeks ago

      Plz stop complaining about your eye colour! Everyone’s eyes are beautiful and unique in its own way. I have brown eyes and I still don’t see the problem with them. Always be happy with what you have because some people don’t even have one eye or even both of them. Cheers!

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      Sofa 

      6 weeks ago

      my eyes are realllyyyyy weird. during winter the go a darkish blue, during summer they go really light blue

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      Attyn 

      6 weeks ago

      My eyes change from a dark brown to a light brown depending on the season.

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      Sophia 

      6 weeks ago

      My eyes are outlined in blue but my eyes are hazel

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      Loop 

      6 weeks ago

      my eyes are black thats what people say but they are dark dark brown and to know that i have the 2nd rarest color makes me happy i guess it has something to do with my moms eyes because they are green.so yeah

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      Cheryl 

      6 weeks ago

      My eyes are true green with little or no brown or gold. People mistake me for having blue eyes which I am quick to correct. My mother had light pond colored eyes. Warmer colored green yellow.

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      Xaviera Lanser 

      7 weeks ago

      My eyes are yellow, actually they are a kind of super light brown that would be considered yellow by my freind without sunlight.

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      Rose 

      7 weeks ago

      My eyes are black. Light has to shine directly into it to see slight traces of dark brown. It's not rare, but I wish I had lighter eyes.

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      Gabrie 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a dark blue ring on the edge of the iris, then ininward it can be blue or gray, and on the inside it is green.

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      Einharyii 

      8 weeks ago

      I only read this because my eyes dont have a colour labeled anywhere. why hasnt anyone labeled my eye colour yet?! seriously, you would think that silver had to have been added yet.

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      Elsie Katherine Mendoza 

      8 weeks ago

      I wish I had yellow eyesss ;-;

      I have brown though.

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      Sophia 

      2 months ago

      My eyes are Amber! My mom and dad have hazel eyes but my grandparents have brown eyes. Lol... the fact that you had a cat picture amuses me because years ago when I was trick or treating my friend was like "do those contacts come with the costume?" Lol! And also sorry for any mistakes I type too fast and im too lazy to look back.

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      Gims 

      2 months ago

      mine aren't the normal pale gray you most often see. mine are dark gray as in unpurified metal. they actually look pretty damn lifelss if you ask me. not only that but i have a deep monotone sounding voice. so... yeah . that's cool as well

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      Caroline 

      2 months ago

      My eyes appear to change from blue to green and when they are changing, they happen one at a time, so one will look green while the other is blue temporarily.

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      Cersi Lannister 

      2 months ago

      My eye color changes from a blue to a deep purple color. I've had a lot of people ask if I'm wearing purple contacts. It's pretty dope. Also, they will turn to a greenish blue aqua color. Not as many compliments on that. Are super purple eyes normal?

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      gianna 

      2 months ago

      I have green blue gray hazel.

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      Wolfie 

      2 months ago

      I never have the same color eyes. they always change. Is that something wrong with my eyes or is it just really rare that my eyes don't stay the same?

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      Marissa Rhea 

      2 months ago

      Honestly I'm having a bit of an issue classifying weither or not my iris pigment is truely green or hazel.... They often change from mostly medium shade of green in the center of the iris with a dark blueish grey outer ring and amber flake around the actual pupil... but on occasion they shift to bright green with bright blue ring, yellow with grey ring, to brown with specks of green and amber.... and when I cry they become bright blue with turquoise outer ring. I was just curious as to weither that would make my eyes technicoloy hazel or are they still green but seem to appear another color all together due to environmental conditions? Thanks

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      weirdo 

      2 months ago

      my eyes change from black/ dark brown to grey, to blue/ violet and green with red flecks.

      Is that normal?

      They change due to how I'm feeling

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      Mary Pahs 

      2 months ago

      My mother had emerald green eyes with brown flecks in them, my father had sapphire blue eyes with silver streaks in them. Two of us kids have gray eyes, one has a pale blue eyes & the other has the sapphire blue with the silver streaks in them. My husband has green eyes with brown flecks, I have gray eyes and my son has sapphire blue with silver streaks in them. I think the blue is more dominant over the green!

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      Caitlin 

      2 months ago

      My eyes were a very dark brown, almost black

      but in the last 2 years it's starting to pick up some red hues

      it's turning mahogany

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      An. 

      2 months ago

      My eye was blu, now they’re turning grey. Is that a beautiful color, or is it just normal or ugly?

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      Nigel 

      2 months ago

      Hi, I had really light blue eyes, but now they are almost grey without a spot of blue. Can I change it back to blue?

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      Edmund Custers 

      2 months ago

      Hi, brown eyes are beautiful. Looking at the comments, you'd find that many people love their brown eyes. Some have very dark or black eyes, that is pretty special too. We are all special in different ways to different individuals, and it is not only based on eye color. Cheers!

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      Depressed 

      2 months ago

      I really hate my eye color, and it makes me even uglier then I already am. It is very dark brown or black when the lights are dimmed. Nothing about me is special and I hate myself.

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      Bluedemonsorangecats 

      2 months ago

      I am very confused.my eyes are naturally hazel but sometimes,and it's very rare might I add,they turn bright neon red.its only for a split second but it seems to scare a lot of people.should I be concerned?

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      blackeyedgirl 

      2 months ago

      my eyes are so dark brown that you have to study them for about 2 mintues till you see its brown

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      Kian Mills 

      2 months ago

      My eyes appear to be blue and green by my pupils, then, everywhere else my iris is grey. I don’t know how else to explain it or what to call my eyes.

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      Allie Mills 

      3 months ago

      My eyes have a very dark blue ring around the outside, then they fade into a green/blue then around the pupil there’s yellow.. I never know what to call my eye colour

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      Debbie 

      3 months ago

      Mine are navy blue but bright violet blue if well slept. They change to paler blue if I'm ill.

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      Sarada 

      3 months ago

      I have a very dark brown eyes, but lately when I got mad at my dad, it turns red with weird shaped stars in it. Does anyone know what this is? It's confusing

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      Bosbos 

      3 months ago

      I have dark brown eyes almost black and I hate them I still didn't understand if they r rare or not

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      A people 

      3 months ago

      Hi I have black eyes that change;-;

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      BlackEyedKids 

      3 months ago

      According to some interesting theories, jet black irises are *sometimes* seen but incredibly rare. I think its possible to be a gene from a now-extinct species of hominid, similar to how some people can see infra-red and (in my case) being able to see in very low light levels. Seems to be better in the summer though, and I have no idea why.

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      Answer to Random Girl 

      3 months ago

      The amountof melanin on the surface of your iris is increasing.

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      Random Anonymous Girl 

      3 months ago

      I'm 11 I've always had brown eyes but for a while now whenever I look in the mirror at my eyes they are mostly a greenish color with brown near the pupil and surrounding it. My moms eyes are blue/green while I've not seen my dad since 3 I'm sure his eyes are brown he is also mexican my brothers eyes are same as my moms but are looking more green as he gets older. I'm very confused someone get me answers. - Random Anonymous Girl

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      Jazmin 

      3 months ago

      my mom has hazel eyes and I noticed that when she gets mad she gets these red flakes in her eyes. my dad has brown eyes and when he gets mad, they turn black. (i'm the youngest, i've seen their wrath multiple times. I am not joking about this.)

      My old classmate had black eyes, actually, I know several people with black eyes. they're not rare or nonexistent, many of my coworkers have black eyes.

      i am interested in the whole violet eye-thing though. my grandpa used to tell me about a girl he knew that had purple eyes and I don't think they had contacts in the thirties and forties.

      maybe you guys need to go back and gather more information? i don't mean to sound rude but I really do think that times change and perhaps new equations need to be taken into account.

      I hope to come back to your website again some day. the human race is a unique contradictory thing to study. everyday something new arises.

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      Anna 

      3 months ago

      I hate my eye color :(

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      Kiana 

      3 months ago

      I can't find anyone online or any pictures that match my eye color the same. I have very dark blue eyes, whenever I look them up they show me light blue. They aren't magnificent by any means, just... not common?

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      Gorilla Gorilla 

      3 months ago

      I have black eyes.

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      Mimi 

      3 months ago

      Mine is Dark Brown

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      Peyton 

      4 months ago

      Most people think my eyes are a yellowish light brown, but I have noticed that in artificial light they are usually hazel or mostly green. In natural light, they look almost orange. I don't really know what color they are anymore.

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      Lou 

      4 months ago

      My eyes are brown but in the light there are these hazel eyes but the green is light and the brown is dark?

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      Clover 

      4 months ago

      I have green eyes. Someone mentioned to me that they've never seen my eye color before, so I decided to look up on it. I'm mostly American, but I have a lot of German in me, and just a bit of Irish.

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      Pete 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months ago

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

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      Jaylyn 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months ago

      I have brown hair red highlights and black eyes

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      Wintersweet 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

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      Suzanne m 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago

      Color eyes are actually a deformity.

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      JUST SOMEONE 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

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

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      6 months 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 

      6 months 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 

      6 months 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 

      6 months ago

      I have Green eyes with a tint of yellow

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      Random person 

      6 months 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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