Why Are My Eyes Brown And Green?
- Pieter Maas
Your specific eye color depends on the amount of pigment present on the two surfaces of your iris. People with dark brown eyes have more melanin on the back layer of their iris, and eyes with very little (or no) melanin on the front layer of the iris appear more blue, green, or even hazel.
What is it called when your eyes are green and brown?
Posted by Eye Doctors of Washington in General Eye Care When someone wants to enhance their vision, they may try contact lenses or seek out LASIK eye surgery, But what if they want to change the color of their eyes? People have long been fascinated with eye color; after all, eyes come in a wide range of shades. The colored part of the eye is called the iris. The iris has pigmentation that determines the eye color. Irises are classified as being one of six colors: amber, blue, brown, gray, green, hazel, or red. Often confused with hazel eyes, amber eyes tend to be a solid golden or copper color without flecks of blue or green typical of hazel eyes. Blue eyes have a low level of pigment present in the iris. Recently, scientists announced that everyone with blue eyes is related! Because of various racial groups intermarrying, blue eyes, which are generally recessive, are becoming rarer and rarer. (Note: I recently asked my blue-eyed in-laws how they produced my amber-eyed spouse, incorrectly telling them it was genetically impossible. Brown is the most common eye color. Individuals with brown eyes have more melanin present, and over half of the people in the world have brown eyes. Gray eyes may be called “blue” at first glance, but they tend to have flecks of gold and brown. And they may appear to “change color” from gray to blue to green depending on clothing, lighting, and mood (which may change the size of the pupil, compressing the colors of the iris). Green is the least common eye color, but it is found most frequently in northern and central Europe. I have always incorrectly called this color eye hazel! Hazel eyes mostly consist of shades of brown and green. Much like gray eyes, hazel eyes may appear to “change color” from green to light brown to gold. Individuals whose eyes appear to be one color closest to the pupil, another color a little farther our, and another color around the edge of the iris are likely to have hazel eyes. Red eyes do exist. “Red?” you say. “Yes, red,” I say, although we often call them pink. Picture white bunnies with pink eyes. What you’re actually seeing in these rabbits and in albinos is the blood vessels behind the iris. Because there is so little melanin in the eyes, there is nothing to conceal the blood vessels hard at work. If you’re dissatisfied with your eye color for whatever reason, there are always colored contacts. Just be sure to get a prescription for them from your eye doctor at Eye Doctors of Washington, Don’t buy them online or borrow them from a friend—you’d just be begging for an eye infection. Contact Us
Can my brown eyes have green in them?
How Are They Similar and Different? – Brown and hazel eyes are often put into the same category. In certain types of light, especially low light, hazel eyes can appear to be light brown. However, hazel eyes are far more diverse compared to brown eyes. When eyes are hazel, they are brown mixed with amber and green.
- In some cases, there are shades of gray, blue, and gold within the iris too.
- Brown eyes may also have some green in them.
- However, it is not nearly as noticeable as it is when someone has hazel eyes.
- With brown and hazel eyes, the other colors may appear as rings or flecks of color.
- This is part of what makes these eyes so distinctive.
Due to the differences, no set of brown or hazel eyes is like those of another person.
How rare are brown and green eyes?
Gray: The Rarest Eye Color – New classifications have determined that gray is its own standard color. (It was previously, and incorrectly, lumped in with blue.) With this change, gray now tops the list as the rarest eye color.
|EYE COLOR||U.S. POPULATION||WORLD POPULATION|
|Gray and other||Less than 1%||Less than 1%|
|Blue||27%||8% to 10%|
|Brown||45%||55% to 79%|
There’s not much information on gray-colored eyes. In studies, gray and blue have historically been combined. This may change since the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has separated gray into an “other” category, which it shares with rare eye color differences discussed later in this article.
Why are my eyes half green and half brown?
Can people have different colored eyes? – A condition called heterochromia causes the iris to be different colors. People with this condition may have different colors within one eye (for example, the iris may be half one color and half another). Or they may have a different color in each eye.
Do brown eyes turn green in the sun?
Can Sun Exposure Affect Eye Color? – Sun exposure can cause your eyes to produce more melanin, resulting in slightly darker eye color. However, the sun cannot dramatically change the color of your eyes. This melanin production appears as small brown spots on the iris.