5 Things You Should Know About Your Eye Color

By Sharon R. Lee

We’ve all heard the saying, “You have beautiful eyes.” But what does that mean? Your eye color is a mixture of pigments and it determines how light reflects off your iris.

Genetics play an important part in determining the color of your eyes: eye color can be passed down through generations by way of your parents but also varies based on location and race.

Here are five things you should know about your eye color:

Eye color is usually a combination of different hues.

It's a fact that most people have two different hues in their eyes. The combination of all three colors is what gives you your unique eye color, but this is not the only way you can be born with an interesting or uncommon hue.

Although these descriptors are helpful, it's important to note that eye color varies from person to person and may even change over the course of your life. You could have brown eyes as an infant and blue ones as an adult!

It's not your parents' fault if you have blue eyes.

Have you ever wondered why your eyes are blue? Well, it's not your parents' fault. Eye color is determined by a complex series of genetic factors, and it is not something that can be controlled. Blue eyes are genetic—and if both of your parents have brown eyes, you may still end up with blue ones.

For example: The iris (the colored part of the eye) contains two types of pigment cells called melanocytes brown and blue-gray which produce black or brown pigments.

In some people this causes more melanin on their iris and darker pigments in their skin than others, making them appear darker-skinned than they really are (think Michael Jackson).

In other people there aren't enough melanocytes to produce any significant amount of brown pigment at all so they appear lighter-skinned despite being genetically dark-skinned!

Similarly for eye color: If you have less pigmentation in your retinas then there will be less red or yellow hues coming from those areas which means that most light entering through them will reflect back outwards as white light; thus giving off an appearance similar to having bright orbs like stars behind them instead!

People with red hair and fair skin often have blue eyes

Blue eyes are common in people with red hair and fair skin. The reason for this is that the gene for red hair (MC1R) also causes a mutation affecting the production of melanin, which produces both hair color and eye color.

Redheads can have any eye color, but blue is most likely to occur because it’s not possible to produce melanin without being exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UV). UV rays occur naturally from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds or lamps, as well as while you’re on vacation at the beach or outdoor pool parties.

To protect your skin from UV damage, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day!

Newborns' eyes are often a different color than what they will be as adults.

The color of your eyes is a result of the pigment melanin, which is produced by cells called melanocytes. The amount of melanin in your iris determines its color—the more, the darker.

When you’re born, your eyes are blue because there isn’t enough melanin to change them yet.

As you age and develop more melanocytes in your iris, they begin producing more pigment and eventually change from blue to brown or another shade entirely (not everyone with blue eyes will end up having brown ones).

Changes in eye color can be a sign of illness.

In some cases, changes in your eye color can be a sign of illness. If you notice that your eyes have changed from their usual shade, it's important to talk to your doctor.

Changes in the color of your eyes particularly sudden and drastic ones—could be an indicator that something serious is going on internally.

In some cases, changes in eye color can be an early symptom of diabetes. If you notice that one or both of your eyes have become slightly lighter than normal (and this change has happened gradually), consult with a medical professional right away; it could mean that you're developing diabetes or even developing cataracts due to high blood sugar levels over time.

Your eyes are more complex than you might think.

You might already know that your eye color can be a combination of two pigments: melanin, the dark brown pigment that people with darker skin have in their hair and skin; and lipofuscin, the yellowish pigment responsible for the color of your irises. But did you know there are actually three different types of pigment?

Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes under your retina (the light-sensitive part at the back of your eye).

It gives you brown eyes if you have more production than other types of pigments, or blue eyes if there's more blue-green carotenoids in your system.

Lipofuscin is another type of protein that forms during cell degradation. It's made up mostly from fats with some protein mixed in so it's kind of like an oil spill on water!

When lipofuscin builds up over time in a person's body—either due to aging or injury it can turn into yellowish deposits (like those often found inside old eyeballs).

Carotenoids are plant pigments that give carrots their orange hue when eaten raw but turn into vitamin A after they're metabolized by our bodies; they're also responsible for making corn tortillas golden yellow instead of white when cooked through frying pan contact alone!


So, what do you think? Are you surprised by anything on this list? Do you have any questions about eye color? If so, please let us know in the comments section below. We'd love to hear from you!

Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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