Our eye color is such a basic component of our physical appearance. Eye color is so fundamental to capturing what we look like that this piece of information is included on government-issued IDs, such as driver’s licenses and passports. Most people have a lot of misconceptions about eye color. However, these eye color facts in Cape Cod should clarify any misinformation you’ve learned over the years:
- The age-old misconception that the gene for brown eyes is dominant over the ones for green or blue eyes is incorrect. Many genes determine your eye color. You can’t accurately predict the colors of a child’s eyes based on the eye colors of the parents or grandparents, because the genetic traits that determine eye color are extremely complex.
- Your eye color is as unique to you as your fingerprints. It might seem as though you and your sibling have the exact same eye color, but tiny variations differentiate your eyes from everyone else’s.
- Brown is the most common eye color in the world.
- Eight percent of the people in the world have blue eyes.
- Only two percent of the world’s population has green eyes.
- Heterochromia is when a person is born with two differently colored eyes.
- Melanin is a brown pigment found in the iris of your eye and throughout your body. Blue eyes have less melanin, while brown eyes have more.
- Blue eyes in babies may grow darker as more melanin develops in the body, up until the age of three.
- People with blue eyes have a specific genetic trait that links all of them to a single common ancestor.
- Green eyes are caused not only by the amount of melanin in the eye, but also how the light hits the eye and scatters.
- Of course, there are the standard three eye colors: brown, green and blue. There are also a number of other shades that pop up every now and then, including amber, red/pink and gray.
- Red/pink eyes occur in people with albinism. The reason their eyes are red/pink is due to this condition, which causes the whole body to be devoid of any melanin.
- Hazel eyes vary from light brown to yellowish brown. The color variation occurs closest to the iris, where the melanin is concentrated.
- While the iris is the part of the eye with the color, this important body part moderates the amount of UV light that enters the body.
- Adult eye color should not drastically change. If this does occur, it might be caused by Fuch’s heterochromic iridocyclitis, Horner’s syndrome or pigmentary glaucoma. If you notice a significant change in your eye color, you’ll want to consult an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Have questions about these or other facts about eye color in Cape Cod? Worried about recent changes to your eye color? Call Bayview Optometrics today. Our team can examine your eyes and pinpoint any issues that need to be addressed. Your eyes play a vital role in your life, so don’t ignore any warning signs. Make an appointment now to see one of our trained and experienced eye health professionals.