Rarest Eye Color in Humans

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 most rare eye color actually is. This is partly because "rare” itself can be a relative term, since one eye color might be very rare in a certain part of the world and extremely common in another.

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

What Is the Rarest Eye Color?

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

Green Eyes

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

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

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

Where Do Green Eyes Originate From?

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

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

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

Celebrities with Green Eyes

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

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

Violet and Red Eyes

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

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

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

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

Also Very Rare: Amber Eyes

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

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

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

The Difference Between Amber and Other Eye Colors

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

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

Celebrities with Amber Eyes Include:

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

Black Eyes

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

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

The Science Behind Eye Color

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

Eye color is determined by:

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

Eye Color and Genetics

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

How Melanin Affects Eye Color

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

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

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

How Light Affects Eye Color

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

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

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

Melanin Content and Eye Color

Eye color
Melanin Presence on Front Layer of Iris
Melanin Presence on Back Layer of Iris
Dominant Pigment Type
Even less than blue
More than blue eyes, less than brown
More than green, less than brown
Pheomelanin and Eumelanin
Red or Violet
None or extremely little
None or extremely little

Biology Behind the Color: Eye by Eye

Blue Eyes

Blue-eyed people have no or little melanin on the front layer of the eye, 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 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.


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

What is the color of your eye?

  • Amber
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Hazel
  • Red
  • Violet
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Other
See results without voting

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G Turner 3 years ago

Just interested because my eyes are green but change colors sometimes depending on what I am wearing.

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

G Turner, thanks for stopping by.

Eye color can be influenced by the way light reflects off surrounding objects.

It is usually people with light-colored iris who report that their eye color temporally changes with the color of their clothing. You may also see this when you get a new hair color.

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Maggie Bennett 3 years ago from New York

I think it is interesting that 71% of respondents so far have the rarest eye color. Makes me wonder if green eyes has to do with a higher verbal ability?

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Stove And Home 3 years ago

I think people with green eyes must be doing some kind of search that lands on your page.

Love the article and the survey. Pink eyes would have to be the rarest I think, right?

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Maggie, thanks for your thoughtful comment. You might be right. However, maybe be green eye has the highest frequency here because these are the most curious about their rare eye color.

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Hi Stove And Home, I agree with you. Thank you for your comment. I am glad you found this page enjoyable.

Lexi 3 years ago

I think a lot of people who have hazel green eyes say they have green. I understand wanting to say you have a rare eye color, having green eyes myself I know I get a bit of a confidence boost from it. Though when there are so many people who say they do I feel like green eyes are seen as... Ordinary.

But maybe that's just me.

Anonymous 3 years ago

I recently went to the eye dr and they said my eyes were black are black eyes really real or fake?

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Many will agree and many will disagree on the existence of true black eye color.

So, this is a good topic for discussion.

Bobby 3 years ago

I've always had green eyes and seem to surround myself with people who have green eyes somehow ? Going back 4 generations on my mothers side all the women have had green eyes . I Hope that if i and my green eyed fiancé Would produce green eyed children. I wonder the results of green + green eyes results in ? Bit of a ramble Sorry

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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

I have eyes that sometimes look blue, sometimes grey. If asked what colour I have I usually say blue. I have two brown eyed children. One of my children married a blue eyed man and has a child with blue eyes and one with brown eyes. I always thought brown was the dominant gene so was surprised to meet my blue eyed granddaughter. Voted up and interesting

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Even two brown eyed parents can have a blue eyed child if both parents each inherited blue-eye-genes from their parent.

Note that eye color can also depend on other genetic factors such as mutation.

Sue, thanks for stopping by.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

Sometimes my eyes seem blue and other times green. My father had very light blue eyes and my mother hazel. It is a fascinating subject. I knew a man with amber eyes. He is the only person I have seen with that color. Voted interesting and sharing.

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Blond Logic, thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.

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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

I personally like green color eyes.

Interesting topic!

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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

I've seen pink eyes, and yes they're from the albinos. I haven't seen a person with pitch-dark eyes though, it would be as fascinating as the green eyes. Green eyes are my most favorite - there are even people with teal-colored eyes. Interesting hub! :)

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Jmillis2006 3 years ago from North Carolina

This was interesting , I have plain brown eyes , but I think green eyes are beautiful.

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Vibesites, I am glad for found this hub interesting. Thanks!

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Jmillis2006, I also think green eyes are beautiful. Thanks for your comment.

wilcoxway 3 years ago

when asked, I typically say that I have blue eyes. But honestly, my eyes are a very strange, dark blue, green, greyish color and I have no idea what the color actually is. Other people can't seem to tell me either.

BJ1 3 years ago

My eyes tend to change from grey-green, grey-blue, grey-yellowish brown and it kills me when people, who see me everyday ask "what color are your eyes like really?" It makes me feel like some case study. Btw,i'm African-American. Why me?

Kiernan 3 years ago

I am pretty untested i think I'm the only person with violet eyes, i love my eyes though :D

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Hi Kiernan, You are therefore one of the rare people with violet eyes -- Elizabeth Taylor had violet eyes which were her trademark. Thanks for leaving a comment, I really appreciate it.

lucymj 3 years ago

well i'm an indian n i have black looks a bit brown when sunlight falls on it but otherwise its pit black

Victor 3 years ago

I have this really really dark blue color, I've heard it's really rare. Have you even seen anyone with this color? When im in a dark room people often mistake my eyes for being black or dark brown.

peggy 3 years ago

My eyes are really weird, they're like, really, really dark brown, they look black, but then right around the edges, they go a dark blue-ush colour if you look closely, but my eyes are actually brown, though often mistaken for black.

ilohia808 3 years ago

I had no idea that my amber eye color was rare. I've been told on occasion how beautiful they are but I've only saw beauty in others.

Now I have a new appreciation for what I've been blessed with and am thrilled that I found your site.

I have however only seen a pair of amber eyes that awoman at the bank I do business with has. I commented to her on how beautiful they were. She responded by saying "I always thought we had the same eye color".

So thank you.

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anatomynotes 3 years ago Author

Hi Ilohia808, I am glad you stopped by. Thanks!

Lucymj, Victor, and Peddy, thanks for your comment!

Пламен 3 years ago

I've seen a man with amber (yellow) eyes only once, but never with violet so I voted for it.

john 3 years ago

My eyes are red. I don't know about everyone else but I think its the rarest eye color

Bushido Brown 3 years ago

Nice eye colour John. I have back eyes.

Victoria 3 years ago

I've got hazel, but on Sims 2 I always go with green because it's closest to my eye color (golden brown around the pupils, then dark green, then blue with grey rims; I really like my eyes). My uncle has one blue eye and one green eye while Dad has blue-grey.

Caroline 3 years ago

I have green eyes, have mix of , Portuguese, Irish, and Spanish decent from both sides!

kayshaa 3 years ago

i have amber eyes, i never knew they were rare until now, i didn't even know they had a name my uncle used to call me wolf, lol i guess i know where the name comes from tho

and 3 years ago

I agree that a lot of people say they have green eyes when they are in fact more hazel colored. I have black hair and very light green eyes. I have seen green eyes in many shades...but have never seen amber.

Sam 3 years ago

I have amber eyes, always thought it was normal or my eyes were just plain old brown. Interesting yet, when I was little my eyes were pitch black, they've only really looked amber within the last few years.

Nova 3 years ago

I'm pretty sure my eyes are hazle but I could be wrong. I know I know,.. hazle eyes may seem pretty boring but hey, i'm down with them :)

senri 3 years ago

To me, violet is the rarest eye color in the world.

trixlabzu 3 years ago

well, my eyes are black. ^_^

BrownOak 3 years ago

My eyes are brown; although, my optometrist said that they appear blue when he looks at them through the microscope. Every once in a while, I will get a surprised comment like, 'Oh! Your eyes are brown!' They do appear lighter when I wear dark clothing. Sometimes, I will see a few forest-green specks in them when I'm wearing dark clothing in certain lighting. There is some pale gray-blue on the outer part of both irises but, overall, my eyes are a lovely shade of brown. :)

James 3 years ago

Well unless I'm blind, green appears to be the most common.

anon2.0 3 years ago

I'd say violet is the rarest since red /pink are caused by blood leakage and not eye pigments directly. also amber needs to be split into 2 colours because copper amber is common but yellow amber is rare. mainly because copper is relying on brown as a base while yellowish eyes come from a blue base. the lipochromes that make up amber are a bi-product of the eye absorbing carotin. which means you not only need the right genes for amber eyes but the right diet as well. but I wouldn't try forcing it as much like calcium and other nutrients carotin never goes where you want it too. so you're more likely to get orange skin then amber eyes if you eat to much. lol

toastiesss 3 years ago

Apparently I have 'golden syrup' eyes, since they look orange/golden in sunlight and darker indoors... But I think I can classify them as amber :)

Ange 3 years ago

My son has eyes that are black black.. the only way you can see any brown in the eyes is if you shine a light directly into his eyes. The fact that I didn't even know that his eyes were really brown until he was 3 months old when I took him to a doctor for a check up. They are black. I've actually had people tell me that if he wasn't such an amazing kid those eyes would make them uneasy. I was born with blue eyes, they turned green in high school and now at 31 they are hazel but will change between the 3 colors whenever they feel like it.

owl 3 years ago

thank you so much for posting this its helped a lot because a lot of people I know always say green are the rarest eye color and we have had many debates about this being I am the only one with green eyes in the grope but my eyes are a mix of colors (close to the pulpe its amber ang then it turns green then there grey then blue, and the rim is a mix of green and grey

Spectre 3 years ago

I always wondered about my eye color, being as they glow sometimes in the sunlight (spooks people) I've been told, though i don't see a listing on variations of the types, i seem to have red amber eyes, is that even heard of? My Dad said that might account for my good night vision.

Also the color red has a strong 3-D effect on my vision, though i seem to see 2-D as 3-D in most cases.

Spectre 3 years ago

Forgot to mention my Mom has Green eyes and my Brother has Blue, weird or

Kavz17 2 years ago

I have hazel green eyes but when I was younger they were violet. Nobody in my mother and father's family have coloured eyes so does it count as a mutation? When I wake up it's a variety of green. I guess it depends on my mood or the weather because it goes to a brown or green during the day. Your website is helpful so thank you and go hazels!

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Casey White 2 years ago from United States

My eyes are soooooooo...nothingness. Hazel eyes, IMHO, are just plain annoying, and I can't wait to get green contacts! Great article.

jessieo 2 years ago

Interesting article. I have had trouble describing my eye colour for years, but have had people say they 'look like amber', it's only recently I found out that amber was even an eye colour!

Blue-eyed girl 2 years ago

I think amber's certainly rarer where I am coz I only just learnt it existed and met a fair few green-eyed people. A lot of people have grey-green (like my mum) or blue-green eyes tho, as opposed to entirely green, and I guess some of those will say they have green eyes. A lot of eyes don't fall neatly into one colour category and people's perceptions can differ so I don't think a survey could ever accurately determine the distribution in the population. I suppose there'd have to be a way of measuring the amounts of pigments in the eye (I know they can do this with melonin in skin), with colour categories determined by set ranges of those pigments or something. Yet to meet 'black'/amber/violet/red/pink-eyed people but look forward to doing so.

Amanda 2 years ago

My eyes are green but turn blue and grey depending on my mood and clothes. My mom has hazel/dark green eyes and my dad dark brown. My fiancé has brown eyes with specs of gold around the pupil and I wonder if our kids will have light eyes.

Caitlin 2 years ago

I have true amber eyes and love them. My oldest son has a mutation where he has brown eyes with huge spots of blue and my daughter has gorgeous blue eyes, their dad has normal brown eyes. My youngest is developing more of a greenish hazel even though his father has very blue eyes, seems like I carry a lot of the recessive genes. I love studying genetics. Thanks for the info on this page.

Avery Luna 2 years ago

So I have deep green eyes with a touch of blue, is that rare?

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MaraAlhelaly 2 years ago

I have black eyes ,and in sunlight they are very very dark brown ,,, but the weird thing is that they have an amber rim , is this rare ??

Michelle 2 years ago

I have Hazel/red eyes. my parents and brothers have brown eyes im the only one in my family with hazel/red eyes, when i was little they used to be olive. I say are hazel red cuz sometimes are normal hazel but at times is more red and in every single picture with flash they look soo red even standing next to someone with green ayes, my eyes looks red and hers light green. My mom say that im really a cat lol. Is there someone else with a combination of red ayes?

Libi 2 years ago

Well my eyes arent rare but... That's Ok with me! Like Last year my eyes were brown and now they are kinda looking like Amber. Very Weird but maybe its the light on my eyes that make it amber.

Gabriel (Swede with green eyes) 2 years ago

You hear about blue eyes and brown eyes and brown being the more common of the two because of dominance, but they do not often mention green in relation to these two. That is why I think that green is the most voted eye color in your poll.

IDW 2 years ago

There are healthy violet eyes that don't have any blood vessels showing through them; and even though they are violet they may have deposits of lipochrome or even melanin. Violet eyes are a shade of dark grey/blue and can even be a little teal.

But blood vessels don't show through the iris in healthy blue/grey eyes that are so dark as to seem purplish/or violet (the type of dark blue violet eye pictured, in fact). That would cause the person to look away from the light source due to the pain and glare. The description comes from eyes that are so dark blue that they look like the flower: "violets are blue."

Dustin 2 years ago

I have green eyes(I think), it's possible they're just very greenish hazel eyes. They are dark bluish green on the outside rim, kind of dark forest green in the middle, with a light ring of gold/amber around the pupil.

My right eye has one tiny speck of pure bright blue at the bottom.

My brother has Amber eyes, as far as I can tell. In sunlight they look just like the picture in the article, just a bit more yellowish/orange. Indoors though, they are medium brown, like some light chocolate color.

My mom has dark brown eyes, and my dad has bright blue eyes.

I guess my brother and I hit the genetic jackpot when it comes to eye color/appearance. We're always getting complimented on our looks... just no one wants to date us.

Guess I'm too boring, and he's too anti-social. lol

allen 2 years ago

i've got amber eyes

Allie 2 years ago

I have violet eyes. I'm happy but I like any color :D

rachel 2 years ago

My mother had blue eyes up until maybe the 1st or 2nd grade...then they changed to a greenish-yellow color. They're very beautiful!

Renee 2 years ago

2% of the worlds population have green eyes. So around 8 million+ people have green eyes. Rarest eyes colours are red and violet caused by Albinos. No one has eyes that change colour it's not true they are speaking BS - the only change would be the lighting of your house determining the shade of your eyes. Everyone wants to be different but that doesn't mean you should lie saying some crap about your eyes changing into more than three different colours. No one will believe you

Thalia 2 years ago

i noticed a lot of people talking about there eyes sometimes apearing green blue or grey.

if you fit that discription then you most likely have grey eyes with a yellow ring like me.

these eyes have in the center of there eyes strings of bright blue and green pigment covered by a yellow ring.

because of this the eyes often apear blue green or grey depending on light and what you wear a blue shirt will bring out blue green green etc.

you can find a picture of grey eyes with a yellow ring on the english eye color wikipedia page.

very dark blue eyes often apear violet but from what i found on the net so far true violet eyes only occur due to albinism

im also curious if there are people here with complete or sectoral heterochromia (two different eye colours) a secoral form would be in which you would for example having blue eyes with a part of brown in it

i hope this ends the search for people having there eye colour change al the time.

eye colour can change through the years but that most of the time it means lighter or a darker color.

the only time you truly change colour is when you are a baby

trauma and hormones can also influence your eye colour and even change

mar 2 years ago

I know some one who has light blue eyes but in one eye there is a triangle of brown

genNic 2 years ago

I'm a geneticist, and my specialty is eye color. That said, there are studies showing these 3 colors to be the rarest: Yellow (very light brown/amber in color), True Hazel (commonly involving a combination of grey, or green with a yellow, amber, or brown center around the pupil), Grey (being steel or smoke colored in appearance usually marked by a dark blue or black radii of the iris itself). I have studied this intensely for the last ten years, and my findings of the rarest color is True Hazel with grey being the main color variation. I have also found that subjects presenting a red tone in the iris mostly have a significant genetic predisposition to severe macular degeneration, i.e. vision reduction, little to no ability to see well at night, ocular light sensitivity, cannot easily wear contact lenses, consistently changing vision quality or prescription meaning that it will change more than once in a 1.5 year span. Those with blue eye color, that is actually a dominant color, as is brown and green. The three aforementioned colors are solid, with no trace of additional colors. Basically, if you have blue eyes and your wife/husband has hazel eyes, the resulting offspring will most likely have blue eyes (hazel is a recessive trait.) Brown eyes and husband/wife has grey, the resulting offspring will have brown eyes, as is the case in both of my children (my eyes are hazel grey with a yellow center.) Brown is dominant over blue, period. Blue is dominant over green. Green and grey are dominant over hazel, and amber. Amber is a mutation of the brown eye color gene which has been loosely (I say that because I have yet to see provable evidence) linked to thyroid issues, weight issues, and alledgedly severe macular degeneration (I'm not buying it.)

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natural holistic 2 years ago from Arizona

Interesting. I have the eye color the person above said was in the top 3 rare colors "green with a yellow, amber, or brown center around the pupil". I was born in Belgium, quite a few people there have green eyes, but since moving to the USA I have seen a lot of people with either brown or blue/grey eyes.

sierra 2 years ago

I have one eye that appears to be black and one eye that sometimes appears to be a darkish blue or a very light green with little dots of brown in it. I guess it's referred to as heterochromia

luke 2 years ago

I hate my eyes people call me a freak because they are neon tourquise I wish they were normal.

Angelina 2 years ago

I generally thought my eyes were pretty normal. They're a fairly dark shade of brown in lowlight or inside, but in the sun, they're a sort of amber shade, starting with an orange-y shade that morphs into golds oranges and yellows. I also have a brown spot on the outer rim of my right eye. I wish I could share a picture so it made more sense!

Fantasia 2 years ago

I have green eyes and my father has hazel and my mom has dark brown I wonder how my eyes are so green if my parents eyes are pretty dark I also have 3 kids that all have blue eyes, mine are green and my ex has dark brown eyes and both our boys have beautiful deep blue eyes and my daughter has blue eyes like my husbands so I know that's where she gets hers from I just wonder how my boys have blue eyes when my exes eyes are very dark brown it seems like my parents gave me an eye color that matches neither of there's and now my kids eyes don't match mine or my exes how does this happen I though dark eyes were dominate?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hi Fantasia, it is very possible for your kids to have blue eyes when you have green and their father brown. This has been proven lots of times. How the genes for eye color are passed on is not a simple matter. It also depends on the age of a child. A baby's eye color can change from blue to another eye color at some stage. I think this is usually during the first year.

genäht 2 years ago

I have gold eyes with blue specks in it i don't think ive ever seen anyone with that but i really liked this hub

Mia 2 years ago

I happened to have grey actually sometimes people mistake them for blue. I've done research on my family sooo I'm a mixture of chinese, spanish, and a bit of african.

Isabell Allie 2 years ago

My eyes have a light-brownish-amber at the pupil, then a really light green, then a dark green rim, which runs into the light green. On my left eye I have a small brown spot, near the middle on the outer edge of the amber.

I wouldn't ever say that I have green eyes, more of a green-hazel. More hazel then anything, I've always said that I have hazel eyes, but until recently researching about eye colors, they seem to have a very light green effect.

Depending on how I wear my hair, or what color clothes I'm wearing, different colors seem to stand out more, which would make sense.

I really like my eyes, and the way the light green always has a shine in the light. But I don't know if they're more of a hazel or a green. I love the bright glow of true green eyes, and I think they're so very beautiful. I know I don't have true green eyes, because of the amber, but are there semi-green eyes? I know there are really light green eyes, but I don't know about the amber part. So I was hoping you could tell me, anatomynotes?

Isabell Allie 2 years ago

luke, you shouldn't hate your eyes just because people say you're a freak. They're just being mean, and trying to get a reaction from you!! You should like the way your eyes are, that's a beautiful color! Don't listen to the negative comments people give you, you're a wonderful person and you should be happy with just the person you are. :)

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hi Isabell, I think hazel eye color is a kind of move from brown to green. It may contain gold or amber spots. It is sometimes tough to know when hazel becomes green. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

tom 2 years ago

Is it possible to have a mixture of eye colours? Such as green in one eye and blue in the other?

what does this mean?

thanks ^-^

Maria 2 years ago

I have amber eyes and my sister also. Not so rare i think.

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

I think it is called heterochromia. It is usually due to a different degree of pigmentation in both irises. That is, one eye has more or less pigment than the other.

Tanner 2 years ago

My eyes are strange they start blue fade to green just enough to be noticeable then they finish blue. I dunno I'm just very confused. Help?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hi Tanner, hazel eyes are known to contain many colors. Commonly brown and then green radiating outwards from the pupil. But there can also be some blue farther out the iris. It is difficult to say based only on the description you gave. They might be hazel.

Tanner 2 years ago

But my eyes don't have brown its just green and blue. The green is close to the pupil but incased with blue. So my would be blue/green?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hi again Tanner, when you have two colors in your iris it is called central heterochromia – a different type from Tom’s above.

I’ve seen people with blue eyes and a different color ring around the pupil. I guess for simplicity, people broadly classified them as hazel.

Kate 2 years ago

Great article. My eyes are blue/green. However, in my left eye is a streak of orange brown. Any ideas? It's been there since birth. I've never seen another person with it.

Andrea 2 years ago

My eyes are mostly yellow/orange-brown (it depends on the light), so do I have amber eyes?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hey Andrea, thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is hard to give an opinion just based on that. I'm guessing brown or amber.

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ShinyM 2 years ago

I had a good chuckle when your poll showed green eyes to be in the lead. This was very informative. Thank you.

Irene 2 years ago

I have sectoral heterochromia with brown eyes with partial amber. :)

Chloe 2 years ago

My eyes are a light green most of the time but sometimes in the sun they are blue. But they always have a dark blue haze around the iris, and a gold ring around my pupil. When i turn off the light the gold kinda glows. Any idea what this means?

Alice 2 years ago

My eyes are amber and when I was a baby they were green how is that possible?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hey Chloe, thanks for stopping by. The way Eye color is seen can be influenced by the type and amount of light. About the glow, I am not sure what that means.

Hi Alice, Thanks for your comment. Due to their low levels of melanin in the eye, most babies aren't born with their final eye color. As pigments gradually kick in, they experience a change in their eye color until they get to their genetically determined eye color.

Ben 2 years ago

Hello. When I'm looking at mirror, I still don't know if I have blue eyes or grey ones. Are there some tips, how can I find out which colour I have?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

Hi Ben, wear a white t-shirt, stand in daylight and ask a friend. Use a color chart if you have one. Next time you visit your doctor, also try to ask him/her about your eye color.

Morgan 2 years ago

Ok I have to say I really do have green eyes but they change color. Green hazel brown gold brownish-green ya so that my color I swear I'm not lying


Ann 2 years ago

Very interesting!

My eyes are hazel around the pupil, but green for the most part around the hazel colored part, with a dark blue ring around where the whites of my eyes meet the green (if that makes sense, although you can't see the hazel unless you're actually looking)

Both of my parents and brothers have brown eyes, although on my dad's side, his brother has greenish grey eyes, and his mom had blue grey eyes, and on my mom's side, only her mom has green eyes, while her dad and both brothers have brown eyes.

The funny thing is, I was born with blue-grey eyes, and had them up until I was around five or six, and then they changed to green. (I was also born blonde, but now I'm brunette)

Anonymous 2 years ago

I have one eye that is 75% bluish and 25% brown. The 75% blue section is light blue like the other eye, but both have a thin very dark blue outer ring.

Denise 2 years ago

Both my parents have Hazel eyes (which change color depending on what they are wearing and the lighting) and my sisters have Hazel eyes. I got green eyes which just get more intensely green depending on lighting and what I'm wearing. My brother has blue eyes. I always found this interesting. Thanks for the info.

Paula Jean Carlson 2 years ago

Those of us with green eyes appear to be very curious.

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Laura335 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

I've never seen a lot of these eye colors before. I'll have to start paying more attention to people's eye color. Really interesting.

Lisa 2 years ago

My eyes are mostly green with a thin golden ring near the pupil, so I usually say hazel. My cousin has heterochromia with one blue eye and the other brown... very pretty.

Awesome Person 2 years ago

My eye color is one eye is half brown half blue and the other is blue but the plain blue eye is a shade lighter than the blue in my half brown half blue eye

Jennifer 2 years ago

I actually thought the poll said "which do you think is the rarest eye color?" And I put red, then wondered why so many people chose brown. Super bad dyslexia moment. I have literally never heard of anyone having violent or red eyes though. In the picture, the eye looked blue to me. I have brown eyes but they become amber in the sun. My dad has green eyes and my mom has brown, so I think I got a mixture of both. There's this one boy at my school who has amber eyes, even inside, and they look amazing. He really does look like a mythical creature or something lol. Also, I wish you had mentioned why some people have two different colored eyes. This one girl in hs had one green and one blue eye. Oh well, I like my brown eyes :P

elise 2 years ago

People say my eyes r yellow like cat . I admit they are very striking. Who can I email pics and ask what colour they are. Iv never been sure what to say if ppl ask me. I get asked a lot haha

Email me in curoius now

Mel 2 years ago

I have super dark brown eyes n ppl usually tell me they never seen a person with really dark eyes. But I always seen them so I thought till today when I saw this men with black eyes.. Never in my life I seen black eyes.. But I seen other colors.. Blue n green n brown have to be the most common I seen. But I only seen one guy with amber or yellow eyes n his mom too.. They are beautiful n my favorite.

So zoro 2 years ago

My eyes are hazel they go brown and green and blue is that rare ?

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anatomynotes 2 years ago Author

It is hard to say So zoro. There are people whose eye colors are influenced not only by the lighting of the room but also by their hair color and the color of what they are wearing. So these factors can also play a role. Thanks for stopping by.

jackie 2 years ago

I wonder what it's like having a rare eye color. I only have ordinary darkish brown eyes. Anyway I thought this website was interesting.

isle 2 years ago

Yeah i've got amber eyes :) but in darker places they look brown :(

Victoria 2 years ago

My grandfather has gorgeous eyes. They switch from amber to green which surprises me because they're the two of the rarest eye colors! None of our family has amber eyes, we've only had brown/hazel. They also change color! One day they're a light green, the next they're a bright amber. How can eyes change color like that? I thought only babies eye colors changed

Tim 2 years ago

Man I wish I had a rare color of eyes, I just have plain brown

Sophie 2 years ago

My great grandfather had amazing eyes, they were a truly vivid shade of green, my great grandmother had brown eyes and all their children somehow ended up with blue.

The next generation had blue eyes all round (mother, aunts and uncle) as did their partners.

And yet somehow all my cousins and I (7 of us) ended up with different shades of green. My eyes are grey-green and then I have a light muted-hazel in the centre of my eye (heterochromia)

Like many people with green eyes, my cousins and I seem to change colour and confuse everyone from day to day; all depending on clothing, the light, and our environment.

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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Such a cool hub - I really did not know any of this about eye color!

Calla Wolf 2 years ago

My eyes have goldish suns around the pupils sometimes. they also turn yellow sometimes.

spotscene 2 years ago

I have amber eyes...ever since I was a child people would tell me how pretty my eyes were. ....almost on a daily basis. Funny thing is that I always thought they were talking about the shape or something. A few years ago I found out it was because of the color lol. I guess i never realized it was rare because ive always had them so never thought twice about it....if that makes any sense. I think I realized it when color contacts got really popular and I started getting asked "are those your real eyes" or "omg where did you get your contacts, they are so pretty and look soooo natural!".

Clover swift 24 months ago

I have a grey eyes♥ mm..Will I see that green eyes is the most common eye color when I has voting I've see that the most people they eye color is green

25% green eyes and only 6% grey^ I don't know but I don't see a lot people with grey eyes people with green eyes they're more common than people with grey eyes

But blue eyes still more and the most common eyes in the world

ShannonBarlow13 24 months ago

I have 3 colours in my eyes. Around my iris, I have a lilac-y grey. Surrounding that, I have a lagoon, ocean-y green. Ringing that, I have a deep blue. I have no idea how I got that since both my parents have pale blue eyes but I would love to hear your insight.

ShannonBarlow13 24 months ago

I could show you a picture if you want. I'm sorry that the picture will not be great because my iPad camera isn't as good as the new ones and I'm only 13 and really can't take a picture but if you decide that you do want to then let me know how.

P.S. I swear to God that I'm not wearing contacts

Tanner E. 24 months ago

Okay, so I am currently unsure of my eye color. I highly doubt hazel since there has to be a at least some brown, but my eyes have never appeared brown anywhere other than a small gold ring around the iris. Most the time they tend to be a blue-green Tending to be an equal mix of the two.

Kitkat 23 months ago

My eyes and my brother's are gray, blue, and green. Is that rare or even normal?

My mom has green eyes and my dad has blue.

Pete 23 months ago

Kitkat--my eyes (and my sister's also) are blue, gray, and green. My dad's eyes are blue-gray and my mom's are bright green. Basically, my eyes will mimic whatever color shirt I put on in the morning. Green shirt=green eyes. Blue shirt = blue eyes. Gray shirt=gray eyes.

Pieses rule 23 months ago

My eyes are a really silvery blue. I really like your hub very cool :-)

Karen in S.E. TX 23 months ago

I didn't see a mention of gray eyes. I've only met two people my entire life (48) who had truly gray eyes and not some form of hazel, green or blue when looked at closely.

My sister and one of my nieces have amber eyes. My sister's eyes were a greyish color that had yellow in it sometimes. Her eyes slowly morphed into amber cat eyes. Her daughter's eyes were more of a hazel blue and changed to amber cat eyes.

bob 23 months ago

i have very dark eyes and people say they look black but they are very dark brown because if you look closely you can see hints of brown

peggy 23 months ago

My dad had hazel eyes n my mom brown with a hazel ring. . weird. My eyes are hazel. Dads ancestors r indian n white. Im african american.

Bill G. 23 months ago

Dichromatic here, one blue, one green!

Delta-Aria 23 months ago

I have central heterochromia. Dark blue rim around the iris, blue-green iris, and yellow around the pupil. Most of the time, my eyes just look green.

Amber eyes 22 months ago

I have Amber eyes and I always thought they were just a clear light copper brown until a few years ago. Always get compliments about them. New favorite part of myself :-)

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samuelknowles 22 months ago from florida

very interesting article, i think genetics can be implemented here. I come from a line of amber eyed people, and it's a fact that the recent generation (me and my siblings) are of mixed race. Every known race has a set qualities that define there eye color genetically, but it seems mixed race people are more prone to these minor mutations than most. Like you said it's a genetic trait that's inherited, so i guess "mixing the gene pool" makes it happen more often.

miketm 22 months ago

Is green really that rare? My dad, grandma some of uncles and cousins have green eyes. Only my grandpa and one cousin have blue and everyone else has brown. Not sure green is so rare.

hal 22 months ago

I find it hard to believe that green eyes are more rare than gray or amber. I know a bunch of people with green eyes. I've only met one person with gray eyes, and only one person with amber eyes.

emmy 22 months ago

I was wondering were the silver eye colour was i mean i know my eyes are blue but when i ask people what they see (mainly because my eyes turn purple on occasion and i wanna know when) they tell me silver or grey which confuses me

emmy 22 months ago

Oh also when people are not telling me my eyes are silver or purple they are called ice blue mainly because i can stare daggers at a person or the fact that they actually look like ice (that is how i know they are blue)

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lawdoctorlee 21 months ago from New York, NY

Really interesting hub! I had to share this will all of my green-eyed friends. Keep up the good work!

Hoping 2015 brings you continued success.

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mama Mac 21 months ago from Saint Louis, MO

Interesting article. My husband, my children, and I all have blue eyes. My husband and daughter have dark blue eyes, and my son and I have light blue eyes.

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craftybegonia 21 months ago from Southwestern, United States

My late father had amber eyes (true amber eyes, they were golden and liquid and beautiful), my sister and I have always wished we had inherited them. We always said they were wasted on a guy (they don't need to have beautiful eyes), but we both got different hues of brown eyes. My mom's side of the family has a lot of blue and green eyes, so it surprises me that green eyes are so rare. Intereresting!

AshimaTan 21 months ago

Whoa! I never thought about such details while looking at somebody's eyes but after reading this I'm more familiar. Really interesting! And I love the light brown shade.

Louise 20 months ago

I am sooo confused right now. So I was searching about eye colors and if black/brown eyes are common or rare. I have black (?) eyes but when you point any kind of light towards them, they tend to go brown. I know a lot of people with dark brown eyes but they're not really black. If you go really close and check my eyes out, they're like a really dark shade of brown like a dot away from black. So I'm not really sure if black eyes are rare. Are they?

Kaylea 20 months ago

I am one of the lucky people with Amber eyes, only mine are more orange.

Amber 20 months ago

My eyes can be Amber, green, hazel, brown, or black my eyes just recently started changing black i don't know why

robin 20 months ago

I have a amber eye color. Darker around the outer edge. My ex had the most brilliant sea blue/teal eyes I've ever seen. My daughter really does have strange eyes. I took her for a Identify Kit at the Sheriffs office and the Deputy was like "What color ARE her eyes? I'm not sure what to put on the card". They seem to almost dance between green, grey, and blue. I know color "changing" can't be possible, right? So they must just pick up light like a prism. One thing for sure is that they are mesmerizing to look at. Probably why she is so spoiled!

anomynous 20 months ago

i have gray eyes and i think that violet eyes are extremely beutifull

Kat2u 20 months ago

I have green eyes...only one in my family. Mom has has brown.

My daughter has blue.

ladysonoma 20 months ago

My eyes are so dark that they look black. They are also a little large on the irises. Everywhere I go, people say what large dark eyes you have. They think I wear colored contacts. Its kind of. I like my strange eyes. I have pretty dark hair and a light complexion, so I get told I look like Rose Macgowan, who also has large dark brown eyes and hair to match - and pale skin.

anonymus 19 months ago

i have blue/grey eyes wit some light yellow ring, but lots of people have told me that my eyes are green... which is completely wrong. If you have a yellow/brown/pink/whatever ring around your pupil - you don't automatically have green eyes. People have to calm down with this green-eyes-fetish like srsly.

Charles Dickens I 19 months ago

Hello anatomynotes, just here for a question.

When I was younger, say from birth to around 10, I had brown eyes. I know this as true do to photos.

But from then on, I seemed to have green eyes, I did not take notice at first, but now I am. I am 15 now and am just wondering why.

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anatomynotes 19 months ago Author

Hi Charles D. I, thank you for stopping by. Most eye color changes happen before the age of one. It stays fixed after that. However some people have reported a change in eye color in their adulthood. I am not sure why yours changed from brown to green instead of the other way around. There is still a lot of unknown when it comes to the genetics of eye color.

Charles Dickens I 19 months ago

Thanks for the answer, and it's Zach by the way, just called myself this for stupid purposes.

James 19 months ago

I have pure siler grey eyes. The started out a light blue when and until a while ago I classified them as blue. But then in the mirror I looked at them closer but I couldn't see any blue at all. Just like a weird greyish faded colour. Is this normal?

James 19 months ago

I mean when you look at them a bit further away they look like a light blue or light green. But up closer they are just grey.

Morgan carey 19 months ago

My eyes change from blue to grey to light green and also golden yellow! Is that hasel eyes

Shinjitsu 19 months ago

The fact that the poll isn't even close to representative of the normal distribution of colors demonstrates that people who visit this page are self-absorbed jerks who've come to see how rare their non-brown eye color is. No jelly, I'm actually one of them =]

stanlee01 19 months ago

I have darker color gray eyes,but when I look closer they appear to be dark green with hints of gray,I've been told they look like cat eyes,:)

Ivy75 19 months ago

My eyes were basic brown with my pupil being dominant ( as my son now) in childhood.In my 20's they changed to a brown copper center with black flecks and green outer layer. I have been told in sunlight and dim light they're "wolf" eyes --more copper toned. What color are my eyes? Oh my husband has green eyes & my daughter has the most beautiful gray eyes. I am glad to know she's unique..if they stay.

Anonymous 18 months ago

My eyes are brown-golden. If you look closely you would find gold in them. They change,in the sun, to amber. So are my eyes amber?

Eyrist 18 months ago

I have dark red eyes mixed in with a bit of black. It's almost a dark maroon shade. I think I may know the reason why though I'm not sure.

When I was around six or seven on new years day, I ran outside then tripped. That caused me to fall forward and hit my head on a rock. It was the very top of my forehead, just barely below my hairline, that started to drip out blood (though I convinced myself it was only sweat because of the cartoonish way it ran down the side of my face)

Would this be the reason why I have these weird irises?

Ariana 18 months ago

I have what people would call black eyes. I find them horribly uninteresting. It's pretty hard to see any eye color under any far or close light. I have tons of family with blue eyes, and my favorite is blue. My parents are honey brown eyed, and so is my brother. I'm not sure where I get the darkness of mine, as my grandparents and great grandparents had either honey or blue/hazel eyes. Maybe some strange genetic variation? Whatever it is, I'm not find of my color. It's plain boring. I'm latina, from US Puerto Rico, by the way, if that helps with any research on ethnicity and eye colors.

Tilley 18 months ago

I haven't gone to a doctor or anything but my friends and family have noticed that my eye colors change with my emotions, is this normal?! They are light blue - grey when I am happy but very green when I get frustrated...

Nicole 18 months ago

My twins (identical) have dark brown , chippewa full daddy, my youngest has changing light (what I call see through eyes). They are sometimes light brown, green, grey, with a blue edge, but like crystal glimmers. Her dad has even more glimmer crystal changing color eyes. Mine go from brownish green to green.. Her dad is irish, german and filipino, I'm German irish and Cherokee (so I'm basically white).. I have seen, as well as others, my youngests eyes change color at the blink of an eye. It's weird, cool but weird....

Enzio 18 months ago

Nice Article, I just want to add that I have black eyes, I'm from south africa but my great grandfather was from germany

Sharon Bowers 18 months ago

I have very very dark brown eyes and they appear black. Its strange because i am a brunet (but a red tint to my hair like a ginger my dad is a ginger .O.) veryyyy white and people say i look like a vampire lol. But when i shine a flashlight in my eye, its still a pretty dark brown . I hate my eyes .. my sister is a red head and usually gingers has blue eyes but she has hazel green eyes its soo pretty and around here eyes is like orange ... :3

Bree C. 18 months ago

hello, I'm wondering what you would classify my eye color as. They start from the pupil being a gold-ish color then they blend into a light yellow-ish color but they are fully yellow in the sun. Yet on rare occasions they can be a yellowish blue but I don't know how or why it happens

rachel 17 months ago

My eyes are Black

bexy 17 months ago

Wow didn't know my eyes r rare my family is cool i have yellow amber eyes my partner has near enough black eyes and my son has a grey blue eyes bit of a mix and match

jens 17 months ago

There are five stages of green eyes where dark green is the only green that has a balanced form and you can watch the seperations of blueish grey/rusty yellow in cold white light - because dark green will stay green in every stages of warm light...

In my opinion and coming form denmark i have meet a lot of people claming to have green eyes, through these peoples eyes only have the green traces in evening light or in yellow toilet light, true green is the green color visulized at the beginning of this page

But meeting people with green eyes or even the traces, taking form my experienses asking people/talking with them/analyzing, you are sure to find someone with an adventures imagination given the emotional state they are in at these people crave knowlegde... but not in really in the fact way as people with blue eyes tend to do, but in the way that they really wanna understand the basic matrix of thing, like the emotional complexity of animals or sensual understanding of all kinds of art... not so much the a to b concept but the A to Z ... Hope you understand my English and if you have opserved upon this i wound love to hear your opinion - espessialy if you know any blue eyes people who said there eyes change coloer and structur, i've meet 7 and they really seriusly claimed that sometimes they see ghost(Not that i believe, it's just interesting because they really ment it)

Mama G 16 months ago

One of my daughter's has green eyes and the other amber. I found this topic very interestinteresting. I never knew how rare that was. My oldest daughter, with the amber, we always called them a "honey" color and my other daughter, i argued with for a long time, i always thought she had blue ljke me, until one day i really saw the green come out.

Wendy 16 months ago

Mine are olive green with amber right around the iris. Autumn colors. Plus I'm a red head.

Grace 16 months ago

My eyes were a deep blue until I was 10, and then they changed to a light green. At one point I had one blue eye and one green eye and I got made fun of a bit- but it was okay. I'm very proud of my eye color! They're unique. I have a dark green starburst around the iris and then a light green and a black ring. I also had my DNA analyzed and I also am a carrier for amber. I have two amber specks on the bottom of my left eye. Both my parents had brown eyes. My half siblings parents had brown eyes as well and all four of us have green eyes. No one else in our families have that. Our cousins all have blue eyes.

I had my half sisters DNA tested as well and she is not an amber carrier and neither is my full brother.

Mara 16 months ago

When I was a baby my eyes were a very dark blue and slowly lightened as i got older, when I was around 10 my eyes were completely grey no matter what i wore but as i got further into my teens and now currently, my eyes have a dark blue outer ring, a very light blue middle, and a yellow/light green center. I love my eyes, there are so many colors in them and I always get complements on them, I classify them as blue green and Im the only person I know with eyes like this though Ive seen famous people with similar eyes. Both my parents have dark blue eyes along with two of my siblings and my other two siblings have brown eyes. Are blue green eyes likethis common?

Id65 15 months ago

When I was a baby throughout elementray school my eyes where bright blue, just like my father and my two half siblings, though I had a teensy bit of brown around the pupils. (Both my full siblings and my mother have dark dark brown eyes, so much so you can't even see my siblings pupils,) but sometime around puberty-probably at puberty-my eyes turned dark grey (Assumingly it was a slow process but I just didn't pay much attention to my eyes until I was about thirteen) and then it became much more noticeable I had heterochromia - I have small amounts of light brown surrounding each pupil which used to be barely noticeable but is now a slightly out of wack ring.

The weird thing is, nobody in my family on my mothers or as far as I know on my fathers side have grey eyes. The brown doesn't surprise me much, but the heterochromia does. Assumingly, from what I already know about my eyes and heterochromia, and what I read here (very interesting by the way!) is it possible my eyes where caused by whacked out melanin? It's strange, because also about the time my eyes changed my hair went from princess blonde to dark brown - much like the rest of my families.

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Jessica Holman 15 months ago

I noticed that there is no central heterochromia mentioned in your section on heterochromia. I only notice because I have central heterochromia and so does most of my immediate family. Also, are there any estimates on percentages of grey eyes?

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anatomynotes 15 months ago Author

Hi Jessica, thank you for stopping by. I have another hub on heterochromia. You can check it out if you like. I covered the different types of heterochromia including central.

I haven't come across accurate estimates of the percentage of grey eyes.

Aumàny 15 months ago

Around the pupil is yellow then in the middle is a bluish grey color with hints of green and the outer rim is grey wh

Loz 14 months ago

thxs for dis article it hepls

JC 14 months ago

I've been looking all over the internet about black eyes and all the pages say the same thing, that black eyes don't really exist. This is not true, my mother has black eyes, I wish, i find more information on this

Monica 14 months ago

my eye color is not just one color it depends what mood I'm in like if I'm sad my eyes are dark purple I'm pretty sure my eyes are rare so u should put them on your rarest eye color charts!!!

Jake 14 months ago

I think gray is so stunning and rare, there is a procedure called brightocular that permanently can change eye color.

Ric 14 months ago

The eye doctor MD told me I had amber after my examination, my wife of 44 years plus thought them to be blue grey & my mom she said hazel. Maybe that eye MD is color blind!

Mel 14 months ago

I have Brown-Green hazel eyes, I am French and Native American. My husband has dark brown eyes, he is Latino.

Our daughter dark latin skin with amazing green eyes and dark brown hair. We both thought she would have brown eyes, but were stunned when they stayed this amazing colour.

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anatomynotes 12 months ago Author

Thank you all for stopping by and for leaving a comment, I appreciate it. I hope you found this hub interesting.

Hi Mel, eye color is a tricky trait, it can change as a child grows up. If you daughter is younger than one, then there is still a chance that her eye color will change. You can also check my hub where I discuss eye color change in babies.

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Eye colour is simply a mutation and has nothing to do with the performance of your eyes although it is said that Brown eyes are able to cope better with hard light and are also better adapted to UV rays, the only reason people with blue and green eyes have been able to exist is because they have been born up in the northern cold areas where there is less UV rays :D

Peter Colivet 12 months ago

I have extremely light blue eyes. But, my left eye is green around my pupil. With the light blue around that. My right eye has a tiny section where it has the same pale green, but it's mostly the light blue.

People say my eyes are an extremely uncommon light blue, but my ex-girlfriend, who used to see my eyes up close often, used to tell me that my left was green and my right was blue. Both extremely light.

I'm English, and have light brown/dirty blonde hair. I love genetics.

Mat 11 months ago

Seen a girl that looked similar to Zooey from the show BONES" today on the subway with the most glorious Blue eyes i've ever witnessed in my life. I wanted to just hug her but figured that would be weird, so I just occasionally glanced (not trying to be a creep). But Ive never seen eyes like that before. I just couldn't help it. Forgive me society for being a weirdo that stares at people! ... ps. i usually dont stare. just focus on the ground or a pathetic ad...

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MizBejabbers 11 months ago

The rarest eye color I ever saw was yellow. I’ve met two people in my life that had true yellow eyes, lighter than gold. One was in Arkansas and the other was in Texas. I also had a co-worker recently swear that her eyes were hazel, but they are amber with no traces of the green or blue.

I had an alternative healer tell me that eyes could change color with a person’s health. Apparently there can be a pigment change when a person is suffering from a disease, and I am one of those people. As a child my eyes were a very dark turquoise blue (French, German and Native American blood). In mid to late adulthood, they turned dark green. Five years ago I had my thyroid completely removed (Hashimoto’s disease and precancerous), and they are turning almost navy blue and are developing a distinct limbal ring.

Sure glad I found your article.

Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 11 months ago

I found your article to be informing as well as interesting. Good luck in your future writings.

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anatomynotes 11 months ago Author

Thank you Jane, I am glad you stopped by.

amazonteacher 11 months ago

Thank you for sharing this.

Anny Mous 10 months ago

I have Amber eyes. They look black far away but when you get in a 9ft distance they look Amber.

Anny Mous 10 months ago

I always thought I had brown eyes because I never paid much attention to them. I asked my mom what color eyes I have and she said yellow.

I looked at them in the mirror and saw really really really really really light brown eyes. I looked again and they were extremely golden. I read this article and found out my eyes were Amber.

I've always gotten compliments on my eyes about how bright and unique they were but now I know why.

Thank you for writing this article it helped me a lot.

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Jonas Rodrigo 9 months ago

I didn't know black was rare! Thinking about it though, most people's eye color are not really black - just very dark brown. Like mine. I wonder what it's like to stare into black eyes, must be like staring at an abyss.

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Al-Lyn 9 months ago


Have you done much with eye color in various types of dogs and cats, especially different breeds and mutts?

Bel 9 months ago

I was bron with clear light blue eyes, a year after, they switched to green, by the time I was two they changed to yellow. I have amber eyes. When light catches them, they look solid yellow or gold, sometimes reddish. I used to joke about them saying I had anger eyes, and that I was some sort of evil witch or demon with powers. I just appreciate them. I like "yellow" eyes, they could be brown or green, but are neither. A couple friends that suffer from colour blindness say they thought I had green eyes. Funny how perception works. Go Amber!!!

Bel 9 months ago

Oh, and I forgot to say, the "rim" around my iris, which I've seen is usually black, is blue in my case.

Cal 9 months ago

My whole family has brown eyes and brown hair, literally My whole family on my moms and dads side has had brown hair and brown eyes as far back as when my family started. But I have light Blue eyes and Blonde hair why?

Cal 9 months ago

And when I say blue I mean as blue as the sea can get 8 months ago

Not sure if my eyes r amber, topaz etc. Most people say yellow . Msg my email if u can help

turtles 8 months ago

Are my eyes rare? Because they are a green/gray-ish i dont know the color but will you please respond?

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anatomynotes 8 months ago Author

Hi Turtles, thank you for stopping by. That is a very interesting description you provided. There probably is a higher chance of finding someone with a blue/gray eye color than someone with green/gray. Based only on your description, it's not easy to give an oppinion whether or not it a potentially rare eye color.

Rings 8 months ago

I find it weird that for a log time I had blue eyes then they gradually turn to green now they are grey with a yellow ring around the pupil. Is that normal?

Jay 8 months ago

I used to think my eyes were blue, until I asked my friends for their opinions and got from green to black. They're a blueish grey colour with a thick limbal ring; like hazel, but for blue. Either that or hetrochromia, which gets very confusing when I'm asked about it (like in this poll; black, grey or blue?)

Rachel 7 months ago

Its easiest for me to say I have hazel eyes, but my eyes change from blue to green and back with a light brown to almost amber color around my pupil.

Tara 7 months ago

Can you tell me that my eye color is rare i have dark blue eyes that change to a blue grey or green gray and dark blue so im not really sure my mum has dark green that change to brown so can you plz tell me if my eye color is rare

dwn2earth 7 months ago

My eyes are really dark blue, with grey lines, and green blotches. Thoughts??

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anatomynotes 6 months ago Author

Dwn2earth, that sounds very interesting and show how much variability exists when it comes to eye color. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

seasix 6 months ago

Really good read here and 'eye opening'! Seriously...

I've been curious if I've been describing my brothers eye color correctly and often just thought it was strange that for 5 siblings and each of us have a different color eye. Of course my Dad had brown eyes and my mother green... So I guess we wound up with EVERTHING in between. But my one brother had the strangest eye color... we could barely describe them exactly, other then they were 'golden' in daylight. Really awesome! Even though I'm female we looked so alike people often thought we were twins... only my eyes are light green in daylight. Now my son, who also looks just like my brother & I, has a bluish/grey eye color. As far as bloodline... that's the whole ticket. My great grandparents were definitely 'Scotch/Irish'. One of those names with a 'Mc' 'Mac' in front of it, LOL. Oh & the other, simply 'English'. thanks 4 the article!

brittney 6 months ago

well my eyes can change ,to blue,green,brown,hazel ,violet ,gray in a little black my mom can change to pink in purple its weird

Dusty Pages 6 months ago

Very interesting! Thanks :)

Maddie 5 months ago

My eyes are grey blue but one Time my friend said they were gray green

Millie 5 months ago

One of my eyes is grey-blue and the other is grey-green. My eyes occasionally change color to a bright blue or a dark green and even a turquoise color.

Kaylee 4 months ago

I have blue and green and gray eyes. So sometimes people say it is weird for people to have three different eye color (s). I'm fine with it though. My guidance counselor said that it is rare to have three different eye colors.

Missy 4 months ago

I have yellow eyes ( cat eyes ) both parents have brown eyes.

christil 4 months ago

My eyes are gold.How common is that?

Maria 3 months ago

My eyes were blue and now there green and in the middle there orange it's weird because sometimes there grey

Toya 3 months ago

I mostly say my eyes are blue, but really they are kind of a dark speckled grey most of the time, although they definitely look blue if I wear something royal blue. It is kind of annoying though, because I love grey dresses, but my face always looks really washed out if I'm wearing one, because of my eyes!

Than 3 months ago

My eyes are black, like really really really black. Indoor and outdoors. My room mate once shined a torch in my eyes, to find out if they really were pit black and he says they were a really dark shade of brown. Is this weird?

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grand old lady 3 months ago from Philippines

I grew up thinking my eyes were black, but now I know they are brown. However, now I also know there is no such thing as black eyes, thanks to your article. Very interesting and informative:)

Phoenix 3 months ago

I have dark gray eyes to the point of people thinking I have black eyes. (Until I go into genetics-mode and tell them black eyes don't exsist, lol) however, I know two color blind people (my mother and a friend of mine) who say they're green. Idk, they were blue until I was about seven and then they were green and now... Thoughts?

lauren 3 months ago

My eye colour is grey in winter and green/greeny brown through the summer. my makeup doesnt seem to make much of a difference but my mood certainly does. As does my partners. He has skitzophrenia and i can tell by what kind of mood he's in depending on his eye colour. Theyre usually a normal medium brown colour, but go bright amber when hes happy and almost black when hes scared or angry. One of my kids has bright blue eyes with royal blue outline, my oldest has hazel eyes, green in the middle and brown around the outline.

sven 3 months ago

i knew this little black girl and i think she had amber eyes, when ever i looked at her i thought she had tiger eyes, they were beautiful

Rida 2 months ago

My eye colour is black and its even written on my birth certificate. I have looked very closely but it still appears to be black.

not76 2 months ago

Eye color can change, with time. I was distinctly one eye blue and one brown when young, complete heterochromia iridum. Now at 40 years old it looks like a green full of brown streaks and a blue with a couple brown streaks similar to central heterochromia. I bet if I make it another 40 years they will be very similar in color, perhaps the color I should have started with had there not been a melanin mutation. Of course experts say it can't change; I've never had an eye doctor care when I showed them the changes over the years so how would it get noted as being possible. The earth is flat who am I to question that, right?

Ash Asher 2 months ago

I have mostly green eyes but I have tent of red,brown, a little more blue,and yellow in my eyes. And my eyes change with the seasons too. I think for what you are saying is pretty awesome. I hope that you post more interesting stuff again, and I would really want to get to know about my eyes more now after reading your theories.

Shubham Jain 2 months ago

nice discription about the colour of eyes. still i want more. can u tell me where i can get more information about the colour of eyes. because i think the real concept is quite missing. but still i like this information. and yes my eyes have quite dark brown colour but sometimes it gets change into red colour. i don't know exact answer of this question. so this i want to know

Matt 2 months ago

I have black eyes, very white skin, black hair and reddish-brown beard.

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anatomynotes 2 months ago Author

Hi Shubham Jain, I am glad you liked the information. Many people with light-colored eyes have reported a slight change in their eye color under different lighting conditions. But the fact that you have dark brown eyes and still notice the same thing is interesting. I am working on a separately article about your question. I hope to publish it soon. Thank you for stopping by and leaving this interesting comment.

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anatomynotes 2 months ago Author

Thanks for all your comments guys, I really appreciate it. I am glad you found this article interesting.

Matt 2 months ago

Asking my mom I found out I was born blue-eyed blond but later they turned out to be that much dark as I said in the earliest post.

Xandra 2 months ago

What if your eyes are black when light is not pointed at your eyes and when there is light it turns reddish brown? My hair is obviously black to others but is really reddish brown if I got my hair dyed permanent black and still fades.

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Iron Veil 2 months ago

Some eye conditions also affect the eye color of an individual. My whole family are brown eyed, but due to a genetic mutation, I ended up having bluish grey coloring.

..... 2 months ago

I have blue tinted green eyes with white freckles in them,they seem to be greener on certain days

anna 2 months ago

I have light brown eyes that look Orange in the sun.

Sara 2 months ago

My friends with brown eyes say I have grey eyes but my friends with blue eyes say they're blue everytime I ask them so it isn't about the lightening or clothes, and when I look at them myself I think I have a combination of both, medium/dark grey with a blue undertone so I don't really know what my eyecolor is.

Abi 2 months ago

I looked up this site because yesterday a girl in work started showing everyone my eyes saying they were tiger eyes which I have had quite a lot but I can go a whole year without someone going on about them and then have a year where people go on about them all the time is weird! I've often thought it's more when I've been stood by a window so hence the light making them appear more yellow but I had it once when I was in a bar in darker lighting. I have been called Wolf, cats eyes but usually tiger eyes! a lot of people (as did the girl yesterday) ask if I have contacts in - I guess because they think they've not noticed them before. I get really affected in the sun - when it's really bright I find it hard to have them open and need to wear sunglasses a lot. I wonder if having light eyes also contributes towards me getting migraines from bright sunlight - literally if I went out for the day in bright sunlight without shades I will get a migraine. (I live in UK luckily!). Some people say I have hazel eyes and some green - I would be interested to know if people with hazel eyes can appear yellow sometimes? The outer line on my eye is a really dark green which may also contribute to the 'wolf look' I guess. The melanin makes sense as I've always been told I have a yellow skin tone by hairdressers and make up people. I can understand certain colour clothing making your eyes look yellow but yesterday when it was commented on I was wearing grey? so I wouldn't have thought that would effect their colour? I know when I went to a optician before to buy coloured contacts (everyone thought I was mad because they said I already have unusual eyes - but I also have auburn hair but dye it constantly!) but the only coloured contacts that worked were violet (which looked really wishy-washy) or turquoise - even blue just weirdly blended right in - he said it was strange and that I must have a lot of different colours in my eyes hence them just blending right in and not noticing. My mum's heritage is Irish and on her side there are true green eyes and they look amazing! so I know mine are not totally green. My dad's side are hazel and my mum also has hazel, my brother has a really dark brown though and my other brother has a mix of blue, hazel and brown - he literally has one blue segment on one eye which looks weird and a dark blue outer rim so his are quite cool. David Bowie has one blue and one brown eye and I've seen a lot of dogs with this also. My brother had green contacts once and they worked on him yet on me they did nothing (like wearing normal clear contacts). My hair is also weird though as auburn so indoors looks brown and outside red and people used to think I'd dyed my hair. At school people thought I had put blonde highlights in as I used to get pure blond streaks but only about 4 of them and mainly through the back of the head - I used to think why would I only put 4 in ! not sure if I still have them (think it only used to happen in the summer) as I've literally dyed my hair since I left school. The unfortunate thing is in the UK there was so much bullying about red hair and although getting better still is - I really wish people would see it as racism and not teasing - I don't have a lot of confidence and people constantly going on about whether or not I dyed my hair and calling me ginger and what if my kids came out ginger (as if that's such a bad thing!) really got to me. I used to have people drive by as I was walking down the street calling me gingernut. I wanted to blend in, hence why I dye my hair - it is currently a blue/black. It's funny how we now have the paralympics and other things and people are being (rightly so) more understanding about everything but people with red hair or still picked on - the amount of times I heard when I was younger that people with red hair are ugly! and the red haired girl in Girls Aloud was the 'ugly one'. It just makes me think there are a lot of morons in the world who are like sheep and follow each other.. and how these people often refer to themselves as the 'educated' ones.. mmm but you act like sheep? I would be the sheep questioning why am I going into this paddock I'm going to run off.. so why are you not doing the same?!

Shay 2 months ago

In the only one in my family with multi colored eyes. My eyes consisted of: amber, gold, green, blue, brown, grey, etc. Don't know what it is called. Anyone have any ideas?

Random Internet Denizen 2 months ago

I actually have really weird eyes. I'll be standing in the bathroom looking in the mirror, not changing the lighting or my clothes, and my eyes will be green one minute, I look away and then back at the mirror and suddenly they're light-ish blue. Do so again and they're hazel. It also does with with a medium grey color, and teal or aqua, and sometimes brownish. What's more, I'm a guy, and I'm fairly certain that eye colors like this are more common with women. It's really weird, and I don't know how to even describe what kind of color that is.

I should note, I'm a plain American, not any sort of fancy special ancestry or anything, I don't even know who my ancestors were. I should also note that my eyes have gone through all the colors I listed within three minutes of eachother. I've actually tested this and have at least three other people who've noticed it. As I keep saying: Weird.

Comichoso 8 weeks ago

Im actually not entirely sure what my eyes color is, they seem green to some people (me included) but others say they are blue, even had some people say they look grey. Im portuguese and with the exception of one aunt who has bluish eyes all my family has brown eyes.

Helen 7 weeks ago

The funny thing is, I have never in my intiere life seen anybody with grey eyes I don't believe that they are one of the common eye colours.

Bella Wind 6 weeks ago

I found this article very intriguing, realized that I personally know people with all of these eye colors. I also like my eyes because they are yellow around the pupil and black everywhere else.

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cclitgirl 6 weeks ago from Western NC

Very fascinating read. Alas, I have one of the most common eye colors: brown. It's everywhere. LOL.

amy rose 5 weeks ago

well i kinda have gray green blue brown hasle and a dark sircle around my eyes ist it rare or something else?

Shoshannah 4 weeks ago

Why do no studies that I've found--and I've read many--ever cover blue-green eyes, esp studies of the rarest eye colors?

Marie A. Bauer 3 weeks ago

My eye colour is Black, but it says there are no such thing as Black eyes, My skin colour is white , with Alburn hair. I have seen other people with Black eyes.

Snake 3 weeks ago

Hmm, this was very informative but it doesn't cover eyes like mine, even suggests they aren't possible...

Essentially my eyes change colour, ranging from blue/violet, to plain blue, green, and grey. I've spent some time checking and what I wear doesn't have much effect, though light, health, and emotional state do. The blue/violet colour shows only when I'm healthy and happy in direct sunlight, while plain blue is the standard and strongest under incandescent lights. green comes when I'm angry or in pain and is strongest under florescent lights, grey shows when I'm sad or very sick and no type of light changes it.

I have actually observed one change as it happened. Was in front of the mirror as painkillers wore off after a surgery and noticed my eyes looked strange. When I leaned in to get a better look I saw something shift, and the green colour spread out from my pupils.

Just thought you science types might find it interesting to think about...

May Pham 3 weeks ago

I went and looked at my mirror three times to see if my eyes were very dark brown or black.

DJ 2 weeks ago

my father and sister both have amber eyes. it looks really yellowish even when they are not in the sun

Barry 2 weeks ago

"dic" is the rarest eye color in the world. It is similar to hazel in that they change color, but unlike hazel they do not appear different colors due to what the individual is wearing, but shift colors, blue green grey. My eyes have this designation on my drivers license, they shift from blue to green and back every so many years with a occasional grey shift randomly.

Michael 2 weeks ago

Is there different rarity od green? Is dark green rarer than light green or is light green rarer than dark green?

David Talbot 4 days ago

I have central heterochromia, amber and grey-green. My friend has amber eyes.

Francine Claire 3 days ago

I have pink eyes the doctor told me he said I have rare eyes is that true because a lot of my friends have Amber or violet one has Snow White eyes

Emily Chooi 2 days ago

TBH I still think my eye are black. They are the exact same color as my pupils and they don't have a trace of brown.

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