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Things That Can Change Eye Color

The eyes are an important part of the human body. They grant us to sight perceive the world visually and interestingly enough, can vary in color. While most people are born with brown eyes, some might develop green or blue. Not many people know, but there are a few things that can affect a person’s eye color.

It would be pretty cool to actively change one’s eye color at will, but unfortunately, that technology does not yet exist. There a few rudimentary ways one might be able to change their eye color. Here are a few interesting facts as to how a why a person’s eye color might change:

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1. Mood

As human beings, we have all had our moments of great joy or overwhelming sadness. Feeling either of these ways has the possibility to change one’s eye color, as does the way our heart beats and the way we breathe. The color change is most notable in the iris.

The effects can be anywhere from subtle to intense, the color of your iris either changing to lighter or darker.

The most vivid change has been found in those experiencing emotions of happiness.

2. Age and Melatonin

There are a handful of births in which the babies will be born with blue eyes. Thing is, not all these babies will carry the trait on as they age. Between 3-18 months, whatever the color the child’s eyes change to is the color they will be for life.

Statistically, children born in mountainous regions regularly have blue eyes that become hazel, dependent wholly on the parent’s eye color.
In rare cases, some children do not adopt their final eye color until the age of 12.

Children born with brown eyes do not seem to have the same experience as those born with blue eyes. There is never any change as they age. Extensive research has found there are 16 different genes that affect eye color, making the color of a child’s eyes hard to predict.

3. Diet

We know that too much of certain foods can change the way our skin looks. But what food or part of our diet would change our eye color? Alternative medicine suggests that the color of the iris has a direct correlation to one’s internal organ health. This is something known as ‘iridology.’

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This theory falls under the category of ‘pseudoscience’ as there is little evidence to support it. But Dr. Robert Morse, who has seen more than one hundred thousand people, believes in it.

Morse is so adamant in his support of iridology, that he created a series of videos to support his claim that fruits and vegetables can change eye color. He also believes that spinach can help keep eyes bright, clear, and youthful.

Honey, supposedly, can add warm hues while seafood intensifies the color. I’d like to think seafood would amplify what the honey does.

4. Makeup

The majority of women who use make-up often contemplate what eye shadow/liner would make their eye color ‘pop.’ Combined with their clothing, the right color make-up can make a woman’s eye color very intense.

For example: if you wish for your brown eyes to pop, wear something gold or bright green.

Women with blue and green eyes can intensify their natural color with blue, turquoise, and emerald.

5. Residence and Sunlight

We know that 55% of the world’s population are born with brown eyes. In other places, the percentage may hit at high as 95%. Those areas with the higher numbers typically can be found in Asia, South America, Oceania, South Europe, and the Middle East.

In the United States, only about 50% of the population has brown eyes.

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In Denmark, Estonia, and Finland about 85% of the population has blue eyes. About 75% of Germany’s population has blue eyes, and the UK about 50%. In extremely rare cases, individuals with blue eyes can be found in the Middle East.

Thanks to extensive research, we know that blue irises are the result of a mutation that occurred thousands of years in the past. The first occurrence of this mutation is believed to have taken place somewhere north of the Black Sea.

Only about 2% of the world’s population has green eyes. But they are most commonly found in Ireland, Brazil, Iceland, Pakistan, Russia, and Spain. Surprisingly, there are also people who have yellow eyes, but they make up less than 2% of the world’s population.

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