Does Your Eye Color Mean Anything? - Smart Vision Labs

It might be the first thing we notice in another person. Or it might be something we changed in ourselves thanks to tinted contact lenses. But does your eye color have any special meaning?

The color of eyes has always been part biology and part mystery. On a purely physical level, the part of the eye, called the iris, has pigments that determine the color. The type of pigment that makes up your eye color is a result of genes. Although each parent contributes eye color traits in the genes, there are many possibilities that could happen.

The most common eye colors are green, blue, and brown, but gray, hazel, and other shades also exist. Scientists once believed that brown was the dominant eye color and blue was recessive, but the genetic patterns do not work that way for eye pigments. Children can even have different eye colors from either of their parents.

People have always had a fascination for the color of the eyes. Many ideas (some true and some false) have developed concerning the various colors and what they could possibly mean.

For instance, people with dark colored eyes tend to be better at sports that include hitting a target like tennis or baseball. The science behind that idea says that people with dark colored eyes have more melanin in their bodies. This is important in the brain where connections are made; melanin acts as an insulator and therefore enhances this communication between the cells. The end result is a person whose brain works quicker.

People with blue eyes were perceived as timid while those with green eyes were seen as alluring and sexy. These types of thoughts concerning eye color appear to have developed because of societal or cultural ideas. Scientifically speaking, a person’s eye color doesn’t dictate these types of traits.

The color of your eyes can change at different points in your life. Most newborns have blue eyes that will darken during their first three years. This occurs because the brown pigment, melanin, is usually not present at birth but gradually develops over time.

Your eye color may continue to darken with age. Also, your eyes may take on a different hue during times of anger. This is a physical response to the pupils in the eyes getting larger during moments of stress; the pigments in the iris will compress or spread apart thereby changing the eye’s color slightly.

For those of you would like another choice of color for your eyes, contact lenses are the ideal answer. There are a couple different types to choose from, including an enhancement tint to make your natural color more intense or an opaque tint that will change your color completely.

Whether you love your natural eye color, seek to change it, or haven’t given it a lot of thought, the most important thing about your eyes is to keep them healthy. Having regular vision exams is the first step. The second step is to follow up with any prescription eyewear that could improve your vision.

When it comes right down to it, the color of your eyes may be interesting to think about, but it’s the quality of your vision that we all need to see about.

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