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Rarest Eye Color in Humans

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

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

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

What Is the Rarest Eye Color?

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

Green Eyes

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

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

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

Where Do Green Eyes Originate From?

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

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

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

Celebrities with Green Eyes

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

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

Violet and Red Eyes

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

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

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

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

Also Very Rare: Amber Eyes

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

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

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

The Difference Between Amber and Other Eye Colors

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

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

Celebrities with Amber Eyes Include:

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

Black Eyes

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

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

The Science Behind Eye Color

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

Eye color is determined by:

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

Eye Color and Genetics

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

How Melanin Affects Eye Color

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

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

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

How Light Affects Eye Color

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

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

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

Melanin Content and Eye Color

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

Biology Behind the Color: Eye by Eye

Blue Eyes

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

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

Gray Eyes

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

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

Brown Eyes

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

Green Eyes

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

Amber Eyes

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

Red or Violet Eyes

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

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

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

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

Why Eye Color Appears to Change

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

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

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

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

Can You Change Your Eye Color Naturally?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Color Variations

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

Heterochromia

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

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

Limbal Ring

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

Eye Color Is Not Black and White

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

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

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

So, what is the rarest eye color in humans?

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

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

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


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      Jaime 3 days ago

      My eyes change color green,brown,hazel, white

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      Samantha 3 days ago

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

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      Green (and yes it is a name) 4 days ago

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

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      Green (and Yes it is a real name) 4 days ago

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

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      Heyo Peepo 7 days ago

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

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      Jennessa 7 days ago

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

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      Ash 11 days ago

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

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      I can't tell you 2 weeks ago

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

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      2 weeks ago

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

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      Meep beep 2 weeks ago

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

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      Arias Wrath 2 weeks ago

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

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      Kitsun 3 weeks ago

      Where is Purple, found in rare albino condition people

      Heterochrome, pretty much the rarest

      if you were to somehow be albino and have Heterochrome

      you would be one of the rarest people on earth

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

      you could say you are the only one

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      Edmund Custers 4 weeks ago

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

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

      Thank you for reading and leaving a comment! Cheers!

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      Lisa133 4 weeks ago

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

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      Henry 4 weeks ago

      Ok thanks for writing back to me

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      Edmund Custers 4 weeks ago

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

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

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Henry 4 weeks ago

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

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      Henry 4 weeks ago

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

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      Hannah ponce de leon 4 weeks ago

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

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      hemn 5 weeks ago

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

      (19/8/2017)

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      Randy 5 weeks ago

      Blue with a gold ring next to pupil...

      With less direct light turn darker neon reflective GREEN.

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      Gus Cast 5 weeks ago

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

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      Nikolche 5 weeks ago

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

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      Kitty 6 weeks ago

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

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      Elica 6 weeks ago

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

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      Zoey 6 weeks ago

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

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      bOsi 6 weeks ago

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

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      Renee 6 weeks ago

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

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      Zen 6 weeks ago

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

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      Sarah 7 weeks ago

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

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      Elizabeth Danielle 7 weeks ago

      I have green eyes with specks of grey and violet.

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      No one 7 weeks ago

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

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      Rauch 2 months ago

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

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      Grim 2 months ago

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

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      Stormy 2 months ago

      How Rare Are Amber Eyes?

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      Cilian 2 months ago

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

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      Debra 2 months ago

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

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      Callum 2 months ago

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

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      tron 2 months ago

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

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      Krista 2 months ago

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

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      Edmund Custers 2 months ago

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

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      Lounis 2 months ago

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

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      Shawn M. 2 months ago

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

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      jayne reid 2 months ago

      I think red is the rarest of them all

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      melissa 2 months ago

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

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      Edmund Custers 3 months ago

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

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

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      LisaPhilips 3 months ago

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

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      Hazzel 3 months ago

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

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      It's a secret. 3 months ago

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

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      Stephanie 3 months ago

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

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      Layla 3 months ago

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

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      3 months ago

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

      Do you know why?

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

      Ps, my eyes are pretty much aqua XD

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      Liz 3 months ago

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

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      Shawn 3 months ago

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

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

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      Mel 3 months ago

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

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      daniel 4 months ago

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

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      Edmund Custers 4 months ago

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

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      Elena 4 months ago

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

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

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      Sara Good 4 months ago

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

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      Ali 4 months ago

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

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      Misty 4 months ago

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

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      Anna 4 months ago

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

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      Luke E NW 4 months ago

      My eyes are a mix of blue and grey.

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      jennifer lay 4 months ago

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

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      Fay 4 months ago

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

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      Happyfun543 4 months ago

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

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      Moms 5 months ago

      I had blue eyes then when I was little they changed to greenish hazel

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      Khostan 5 months ago

      I saw this as very informative. Could possibly post something or direct a link for heterochromia as I am very interested in learning about it.

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      Charlotte Cooper 5 months ago

      I've got black eyes and I was wondering how rare they were, glad I know now

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      Edmund Custers 5 months ago

      Hello Emma, thank you for reading and commenting. This issue has been brought up several times already. I will give you the same response I gave above. I think green-eyed people are most curious about this topic, hence the higher proportion. In other words, the sample of participant is not random. There is a much higher probability of a green-eyed person to take the poll than other eye colors.

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      Emma H. 5 months ago

      Wait, I thought that green eyes were the most rare...I put in my eye color (gray) and it said my eye color was more rare then green. How does this make sense?

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      Jemima 5 months ago

      My sisters and I have the dark brown eyes like our father's, while mother have black/very dark brown eyes.

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      Edmund Custers 5 months ago

      Hallo WinterSeasons, thanks for your comment. I see you have a keen eye. The reason the sum of the percentages is greater than 100 is because of rounding. Did you notice that the percentages are rounded up to an integer? It is because of the rounding up that you have a total that is greater than 100. In other words, if the percentages were presented in one or two decimal places - the sum would have been exactly 100.

      example:

      49.5 + 50.5 = 100

      But after rounding up:

      50 + 51 = 101

      I hope you found my response useful. Thank you for reading.

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      WinterSeasons 5 months ago

      If you add all the percents together, your whole is 102. I'm pretty sure that's not right.

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      Edmund Custers 5 months ago

      Hello, there has been several comments on the increased proportion of green eyes in the poll. I will give you the same response as I gave above: It is mostly because the green eyed are more curious about this subject matter and hence more likely to read about it. Furthermore, as explain this article, eye colors have different distributions in different geographic locations. There may be lots of people with a blue or green eyes in one location but very few in another location. Thanks a lot from stopping by.

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      Hi. No you will not know my name. 5 months ago

      Makes me wonder. Are green eyes even that rare. As I look up in the chart, they are as common as brown eyes. I would say, the rarest eye colours would be golden (not yellow), white, of course purple. I am the only person with silver eyes (they are a weird mix. They are grey, but a VERY faint hint of blue which you cannot see, makes them glister more and look silver) at our school, and MANY people have green eyes to be honest, and our school is famed to have Mediterranean students.

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      R arr 5 months ago

      My eyes are brown and have a green crescent at the edge when my eyes hit the light.

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      nobody 5 months ago

      i'm the only one with dark yellow eyes:(

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      Kmother 5 months ago

      I was just wondering why my daughter has dark grey eyes with pale brown in centre as both me and husband are pakistani with lightbrown eyes. My grandad on dad side had green eyes and his grandad too and my dad has hazel eyes and two siblings have hazel. My mums gradmother had light eyes too and my grandmother's brothers had bluish gray eyes I think as well. My husband side has light colored eyes as well. We are not related. I am pushtoon on my dad side and my husband pushtoon on his motherside. Pushtoon historical linked afghanistan.

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      Alex 5 months ago

      is it weird that My eye color changes on my stress levels?

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      Arie 5 months ago

      Well i have been born with brown eyes and i have been trying to change my eye color with subliminales and I've been using change your eye color to honey grey in 10 mins this is in you tube this really works for me so exited to see what happens next!!

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      Hailey 5 months ago

      I have yellow/blue eyes.

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      Me 5 months ago

      One wrong item in this article, although I only have one family's experience to back it up...eyes can change after the first few years. Mine, and my sister both changed from honey brown to light green while we were 25. She's 6 years younger so in other words, I turned 25 and my eyes changed color permanently. 6 yrs later hers did the same. Her domes changed from light blue to green when he was 6.

      On second thought, I do have another instance: older people's eyes go blue often, as well as people loosing their eye sight...

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      MissTwoColor 5 months ago

      I have one dark blue eye and one silver. I've looked into my family has well as possible and no one has heterochromia, so it concerns me. Even if it could just be a mutation, members of my family say my eyes were fine when I was an infant. Now that I'm older only my blue eye changes to grey unlike my silver one, the silver eye often switches to an abnormal white.

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      nana 5 months ago

      my eyes is yellow and Gray

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      Howell decker 5 months ago

      I have violet eyes so yeah

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      Edmund Custers 5 months ago

      @M Nunn, it's hard to give an opinion without actually looking at your eyes. Whether or not it is green will depend on the amount of blue and brown you have in those eyes. However, from what you are describing, it sounds like green to me.

      Hi Guys, thanks for your comments. I hope you enjoyed reading this article.

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      M Nunn 5 months ago

      I was just wondering what color my eyes are. I have green eyes with blue specks and a very thin line of brown around the pupil. I asked one of my friends and she said I had green eyes with brown around the pupil and then said it was green nonetheless. Just making sure if I have green eyes or a different color.

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      Hailey 5 months ago

      My eyes are a bright turquoise what does that mean it was not on there so I'm sure it is a Rare eye color. But what is the story behind this mysterious eye color? I would really like to know but the thing is when I'm sad my eyes are bright like ocean blue and when I'm mad they are a bright green but you can still see the turquoise in the middle area but usually when I have mixed feelings they are turquoise and on a usual day they are turquoise. What does this mean somebody please tell me...

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      Em 5 months ago

      Alright, let's see if you can help me.

      My eyes are normally hazel, but if I focus or my mood changes, they can change to several different colors: light blue, light green, purple, red, and pink (red=angry, pink=competitive).

      I KNOW it's not the lighting/clothing effect because they changed between all of these within the same hour, same lighting, all the same conditions. The only difference was I was focusing on changing them.

      ... Any guesses as to what's going on or how I can do this?

      (I can also control my pupil dilation and have night vision, if that helps.)

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      Mogs (No real names hehe) 6 months ago

      Well my eyes are a blueish colour but in the dark they look like a gray blue green colour idek im weird..

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      zahlia bennie 6 months ago

      hi i have Natural red hair and bright blue eyes... i have heard it is the rarest combination..???

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      kon 6 months ago

      I have Blue/Brown/Red/Gray Eyes Is that RARE???

      Is that RARE???

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      Sleepless 6 months ago

      But they said that vibration can affect the color of the eye. I'm trying hypnosis.

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      Marisa 6 months ago

      My eyes are dark brown around the pupil, light brown with dark brown specks around that and amber rings around The edge. I've just been wondering what color are they really? I thought they were hazel because they turn amber in the light but have no green in them?

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      Robert 6 months ago

      I have seen photos of Finish people with eyes that are nearly white.

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      Sadie 6 months ago

      Umm, I have Smokey Blue eyes, Are these One of these a Rarest Eye Color, I know Blue is common, But, Is Smokey Blue Common eyes?

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      me 6 months ago

      my eyes are a mixture of blue and green that produce a aqua color so i guess im the other 1%

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      amber 6 months ago

      one of my eyes are brown and one of my eyes are hazel

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      Jadyn 6 months ago

      I have amber eyes