The Truth About Blue Eyes


There’s a lot to learn about blue eyes and
those who peer out at the world through them. Whether it’s due to weird scientific facts,
related health conditions, or just plain genetics, people who rock those baby blues are just
a little bit different than their darker-eyed friends. Even though they may appear to be blue, these
icy-cool peepers aren’t actually blue at all. It might sound crazy, but there’s no such
thing as blue pigment when it comes to our eyes — you’re either melanated, or not very
melanated at all. And, according to Gizmodo, if you’re melanated
in each layer of the iris like the majority of humans around the world, then you would
have brown eyes…that are actually brown — no optical illusions there. “Why are their eyes so big?” “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” So if there’s no pigment in the front layers
of the iris of blue eyed-people, what is it that makes them look blue? According to the American Academy of ophthalmology,
blue eyes look blue for the same reason that both the ocean and the sky appear to be blue:
it’s simply a trick of the light. This is called the Tyndall Effect, which is
the way that light scatters in blue eyes, giving rise to the blue appearance. Although many actors, models, and other celebs
have blue eyes – which can make them seem like a very common asset, at least on TV – not
many people are lucky enough to boast beautiful baby blues in real life. In fact, the most common eye color throughout
the entire world is brown, according to World Atlas. Specifically, 79 percent of people have eyes
the color of coffee and chocolate, dwarfing every other eye color possible. “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at
me. Brown eyes.” But just how many people have blue eyes around
the world? The outlet estimates that approximately 8
to 10 percent of the population are blessed with cerulean peepers. Of course, plenty of folks who don’t have
blue eyes can fake it with contacts, as celebs Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj have done on
occasion. But you can always tell the difference between
a natural blue and an artificial one – it’s a pretty tough color to fake. “OK, fine.” Although the odds of having blue eyes are
markedly lower than having brown ones, blue isn’t the rarest of all eye colors. It’s actually the second most common eye
color out there, according to World Atlas. “We just wanna be loved.” It turns out that having hazel eyes is less
common than having either blue or brown eyes, as only 5 percent of people have them. Approximately 5 percent of people have amber-colored
eyes, and only 2 percent of people’s eyes are green. But the rarest eye colors in the world are
gray, red-violet eyes, and people with eyes of two different colors – all clocking in
at less than one percent of all people worldwide. Blue eyes can appear to be more or less common
depending on where you are in the world. In fact, sometimes the majority of people
in an area have blue eyes. For example, if you were strolling through
Estonia or taking a vacation in Finland, not having blue eyes would be weird, as 89 percent
of the populations of those countries have azure irises, according to World Atlas. Blue eyes are also still the majority in Ireland
and Scotland, at 57 percent and 50 percent, respectively. England is next on the list with 48 percent,
while 45 percent of people in Wales have baby blues. Belgium and France clock in at seventh and
eighth, with just under 29 percent of people in the former having blue eyes and roughly
20 percent having blue eyes in the latter. Finally, at nine and ten are the United States
and Spain, both with just over 16 percent of the population possessing the trait. If you are the lucky owner of a set of cobalt
peepers, chances are you’ve noticed that your eyes appear to change color, sometimes looking
bluer or grayer – or even lighter or darker. That was certainly the case with the iconic
actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose bright blue eyes could look violet when the light hit
them just right. There’s a reason blue eyes appear to change
color, and it’s related to why they look blue in the first place. It all depends on how much light is both coming
into and reflecting out of the eye, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The color of the eye can also be influenced
by clothing color, and eye makeup. If you’re a parent, you might have watched
the eyes of an infant change color from bright blue to green or brown. That’s precisely why you can’t possibly be
sure of what someone’s eye color will really be, until about the six-month mark, according
to McGill University, no matter how much any mother wants those blue eyes to stick around. “I think she was expecting more from this
whole thing.” The reason that many babies are born with
blue eyes that later darken, is because of the way melanin functions in the human body. When a baby is born, melanin hasn’t yet been
fully deposited into the iris of the child’s eye, which results in the iris’s blue shade. But without fail, genetics kick in and melanin
production either ramps up, changing the color of the baby’s eye, or it doesn’t, rendering
the color of the iris blue for life. Surprisingly, two brown-eyed parents can have
a child with blue eyes, according to the University of Delaware. And, two blue-eyed parents can give birth
to a brown-eyed baby. “They’re so random.” So what’s the reasoning? To put it simply, eye color is determined
by several different genes, as well as the interplay between them. So don’t be surprised if your child has eyes
that don’t resemble either parent – it’s just how genetics work! Everyone needs a healthy dose of vitamin D,
according to a journal published in Environmental Health Perspectives, so it’s important to
get a little sunlight on a regular basis. But depending on the color of your skin, you
need to be varying degrees of careful when you step outside, lest you wind up with a
sunburn, according to the American Cancer Society. So if you’re light-skinned, you’re more at
risk, though everyone should take precautions when they go out, regardless of skin color. “Who’s side are you on, Eddie?” “What? What sides are there?” “Mine or the ozone’s. Choose one.” And just as you should take precautions with
your skin when you’re outside, you should also protect your eyes accordingly, especially
if they’re light-colored. Ophthalmologist Ruth Williams explained in
an interview with Everyday Health, “Clinically speaking, people with blue or
light-colored irises do tend to be more light-sensitive. This is likely due to the sparsity of light-absorbing
pigment in the eye.” This means you should never leave your sunglasses
at home, especially if you have blue eyes. Although having blue eyes – or light-colored
eyes – is commonly considered to be beautiful, there is one disadvantage that comes along
with it. Unfortunately, those pretty peepers mean you’re
more susceptible to cancer, according to an article in Everyday Health. Specifically, fair-eyed folks are more at
risk of developing melanoma of the middle layer of the eye than their brown-eyed counterparts. Yikes! Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple way to
protect your delicate eyes from harmful UV rays, according to Dr. Williams. She advised, “People with light iris color need to be diligent
in wearing UV-protected sunglasses.” The other good news is that this type of melanoma
is pretty rare, and only six out of one million people are diagnosed with it annually. But better safe than sorry. Taking precautions with your skin in the sunlight
is also important, as fair-eyed people are also more prone to skin cancer. It might sound a little bit crazy, but your
eye color can have an impact on the quality of your vision, according to optometrist Richard
L. Ison. He shared with ESPN, “Because of the lack of pigment in lighter
color eyes – like blue or green eyes as opposed to brown – you get a lot more unwanted light
and that can create glare problems.” That’s why baseball pro Josh Hamilton decided
to rock a pair of colored contact lenses during the day to reduce the glare and improve his
vision. He revealed, “I’ve never worn contact lenses in my life
and I really would like to see the ball in the daytime. So therefore I’m trying any means possible
to do that.” “I want em to say I gave everything I had.” Given that his stats were better at night,
he wanted to see if this approach would help him improve in the daytime. And fortunately for him, it did. Although our blue-eyed brethren are indeed
at a greater risk of cancer, the news isn’t all bad. There’s also a bit of a super power that comes
with having blue eyes. As it turns out, blue- and green-eyed ladies
have a higher pain tolerance than people with brown or hazel eyes, according to an article
in Medical Daily. “I’m gonna remove the bullet now, do you wanna
bite down on this?” “I deserve pain.” This particular information came to light
thanks to a study conducted by Dr. Inna Belfer, a geneticist at the University of Pittsburgh. She surveyed 58 expectant mothers as they
went through the birthing process and found that light-eyed women experienced less pain
and discomfort while in labor. She also found that light-eyed women were
less likely to develop anxiety or depression once the baby had arrived than dark-eyed women
were, all thanks to having less melanin. Belfer also shared that she plans on continuing
research in this area, revealing in Medscape Medical News, “We are going to see if there is a link between
eye color and clinical pain […] in men and in women, and in different pain models other
than the labor pain model.” “How bout we have a toast?” Another strange thing that comes with having
blue eyes has to do with alcohol consumption, according to an article published in ResearchGate. In the study, scientists relied on archival
data to determine how eye color has an impact on how much individuals drink and how well
they can tolerate alcohol. “OK one drink, but I’m buying.” Scientists studied two types of people: one
group of white male prison inmates and one group of white women who responded to a nationwide
survey. What they found was that in both groups, individuals
with dark eyes drank a notably smaller amount of alcohol than their light-eyed counterparts. This conclusion was consistent with prior
findings that brown-eyed people are more susceptible to the effects of some medications as well. Additionally, researchers concluded that dark-eyed
folks are less likely to become dependent on alcohol, as their heightened sensitivity
prevents them from drinking the quantity that would make them physically dependent in the
first place. Another fun fact about blue eyes has to do
with men and their dating and relationship preferences. According to a study published in Behavioral
Ecology and Sociobiology, blue-eyed men find blue-eyed women more attractive than women
with any other eye color. But that wasn’t the case for blue-eyed women,
who were into people with all different eye colors. “I told you I was hot tonight.” The brown-eyed men and women also didn’t show
a preference for members of the opposite sex with any one eye color – making the blue-eyed
men the outlier. So what’s the theory as to why this is the
case? Researchers attribute this preference to what
they call paternity uncertainty, which is an anxiety that can cause men to question
whether a child is biologically theirs. Given that blue eyes are considered to be
a clear genetic mechanism of inheritance, it makes sense that a man would be assured
by seeing himself in his offspring. That is, if he doesn’t wanna match the DNA. “You are the father!” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more List videos about your favorite
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100 comments

  1. I have blue eyes, so does my daughter. Everyone on my dads side has/had blue eyes. My moms side is hazel/green/brown. But I’m English, Irish, Swedish, German and French.

  2. My mother has the darkest brown , almost horror movie worthy black looking eyes. Her kids from oldest to youngest; Green, Brown, Hazel and Blue. Our bio Dad had brown/black eyes. Hard to believe those two could produce such a variety.

  3. I am first-born with blue eyes. And fair hair. Parents both olive-skinned and brown eyes. I took after grandparents on father's side. Who had blue eyes.

  4. I'm Eurasian (Burmese x Portuguese x French × English x Persian etc) with super pale Grey-blue eyes and pale olive skin/jet-black hair. My eyes are extremely light-sensitive and have to wear UV/blue-light eye protection ALWAYS as my eyes hurt. Fun fact…my eye colour skipped two generations as only my great-grandfather and I have/had grey-blue eyes.

  5. My mom Brown my father green
    My brother blue mines Brown
    My grandfather sky blue
    my grandmother light green
    My uncles blue,green
    My moms father blue
    My moms mother Brown
    Their other childs blue,Brown
    We are a native anatolian and Turkish family
    Colorful eyes rate on our family tree 8/12 soo more than %65
    And We are not migrants from balkans or russia We Dont have any greek heritage
    We are %100 caucasian Turkish people

  6. LMFAOOOOOOOOOO yep some idiot liberals telling me I don't have blue eyes. Like I don't know what blues is bullshit

  7. You put brown and black in the same category when there not. Every race but white has black eyes except in rare cases brown and even rarer albinos which have blue. And to people that are going to say that other races have brown green and blue eyes they are mixed like Mexicans can have brown eyes but they all have white in them that's why there not American Indian.

  8. "Next up on the list of countries where blue eyes are mos common is Scotland."
    Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus have left the chat

  9. What about almost black eyes? I have those and like the contrast with my lighter skin. Its like having all pupil. Blue eyes feel like a wall to me the darkness has depth. Here in Turkey where we have a smaller portion of blue eyes we believe they are more capable of putting the evil eye on you. That is why the amulets are often blue.

  10. Obviously only Northern Europeans or other people from mixed eurasian or simply mixed people who have inherited the recessive genes. This is why white Genocide is wrong. Blue eyes ARE the norm for Northern Europeans that's why talking about anyone else is frivolous or even lying. They are adapted to non sunny environments.

  11. The fact that they teach this shit like there's something wrong with blue eyed or light skin people to CHILDREN is disgusting. I hate all of this anti white propaganda

  12. I have icey blue eyes, however, they do appear to change colors as well. They have looked a darker blue, violet, sometimes like they are almost colorless.

  13. Uh, women don’t have a preference for blue eyed men because it makes paternity fraud easier? Is that another way of saying it? Things that make you go hmmm… wtf

  14. My fiance has brown hair and eyes and I'm blonde with blue eyes, all 3 of our girls ended up with blonde hair and blue eyes.

  15. Blue eyes evolved because they were seen as more attractive, it was to help become more alluring to possible mates to grow the population, for our ancestors it was a huge advantage when it came to finding a mate. 🦋

  16. I did hear blue eyes is a genetic  mutation what happend 10000 years ago in ukraina.I have blue grey eyes.I can register a lot of things in the night what brown eyed People did not Register at night.I often stay at home when sun is shining.Thats why vampires have often blue eyes.Yes blue eyed people compensate alcohol over the lymphs and the liver and brown eyed people only over the liver.

  17. BLUE AND GREEN IT IS NOT MAKE UP NOT ANY CLOTHES I WHERE THEY ARE BLUE AND GREEN SO IF THIS "STUDY IS TRUE AND YOU DO STATISTICS YOU JUST MIGHT FIND OUT ALL PEOPLE ARE NOT THE SAME EVEN TWINS IDENTICAL TWINS HAVE TWO THINGS THAT SHOW WHY THEY FEEL OR CAN TELL IF THE OTHER TWIN IS IN PAIN? OH PAIN WELL MY BADY BLUES AND GREEN EYES HAVE A HUGE TOLERANCE FOR "PAIN,IT IS PAIN AND SIMPLE THAT STUDIES SHOW THIS MAYBE TRUE MAYBE NOT BUT IF DRUG TESTING OCCURS WELL MICE AND MEN PLUS ALL THE DATA YOU JUST MIGHT ASK bTHIS?? IF TWO PEOPLE HAVE 3 FEMALE AND 3 MALE CHILDREN THE FATHER HAZEL EYES THE BIRTH MOTHER GREEN BLUE WHY DID SOMONE ASK HOW 3 ARE LEFT HANDED 3 ARE RIGHT BUT AMBI DEXTERUS LATIN IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE ENLIGHTENED?????YUP NUP PUN INTENDED ENTERTAIN AND EDUCATE????? SORRY HARD WORDING I MUST SAY GIRL INTER UP TED ET AL OR CORRUPTED SEE RED MAKES YOU STOP AMBER WELL WAIT GREEN GOOD TO GO. SO THIS IS TRAFFIC LIGHTS? THIS IS OFTEN "NOT THE CASE IN POINT OF FACT YOU DO NOT CLAIM FAME YOU DO NOTV TELL ME ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION OR SUB JECA TIAN WELL YOUR THE ONE TRY AND UNDERSTAND IT???? GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE BUT NO TWO ARE THE SAME,FACT OR FICTION??? SO IF YO ARE IN 2020 WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY AUSTRALIA CANBERRA THE ARE CAPITAL CITY WHY AT THE GOLDEN HOUR WHEN ARE GREAT OR NOT PHOTOSvARE GREAT??? I ONCE DID SPELLING BEES BUT NOW I PICK OUT THOSE FROM WASPS THAT WILL KILL IF A CHILD DRINKS A SWEET DRINK WITH A RING THING,NOT A JOKE I AM SAD TO SAY. SO WITH RESPECT IF YOU CLAIM RESEARCH GRANTS AND FIND YOU DID MAKE A FATAL ERROR WHAT THEN????? SO THIS VIRUS WOW NOW YOU HAVE MASS HYSTERIA QUIT BLAMNG CHINA AND THE PLANE LAN DING IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA YOU ARE CHERRY PICKING AND WELL TONY ABBOT AS BOB HAWKE GOFF WHITLAM MANY MORE ARE RHODE SCHOLARS

  18. When she said that babies can have blue eyes even tho both parents have brown eyes, that just makes me think is an excuse for those who cheat their husbands and trick them into raise their kids

  19. Wow….guess this is an uncommon household. My fiance has heterochromatic eyes (half his eyes are blue and half are brown) and I have amber eyes.

  20. My mom had beautiful eye color and black hair, the color changed from, blu, grey, green, purple, darker or light blue, I think it depended from the mood of her and light of environment. My dad has brown eyes and all kids had his color brown black.

  21. Two blue eyed parents cant have a brown eyed child. Brown is stronger than blue, so if you have blue eyes you just have blue eye colour, but brown can have blue. Therefore, if you have both blue eyes you cant have a child with brown eyes, than someone must have cheated

  22. My eyes are blue-green…there is a ring of light green around the center. It becomes more green in the winter, I'm not sure why. I also have keratoconus.

  23. That's why masses of browns and blacks are invading White countries… they are jealous and are pathetically wannabes of Whites. Ew I hate them!

  24. Both my brothers have blue eyes and always bragged about it making me jealous because mine were boring hazel but then they both married Asian women basically wiping the blue eyed gene out from their families forever.

  25. when i was born my eyes was like the most light blue in the universe holy god damit now theree dark blue and green i have two diffrent eye collors

  26. The mutations responsible for blue eye colour most likely originate from the north-west part of the Black Sea region, where the great agricultural migration of the northern part of Europe took place in the Neolithic periods about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.

  27. my mum has these dark green eyes, my dad has icy blue eyes, my grandma has some sort of heterochromia , she has really dark blue eyes, but a big patch of brown in one eye, my grandad has hazel eyes, my uncle has blue eyes, i inherited my dads eye colour, (blue) but, a really bright colour, with dark spots patched around them, i dont like them, i'd rather have brown eyes, b ut ya kno, ThAnkS dAd

  28. My eyes are a mix of Grey and blue, sometimes they look blue and sometimes they look grey, I am from Wales as it said in vid where 45% of Wales has blue eyes

  29. My dad had grey eyes he was a quarter Native American sioux Indian and the rest Swiss and German. When I was a child for Christmas he dressed up as Santa and I knew it was him… Just by his eyes. Still one of my favorite childhood memories.

  30. I have blue eyes and I live in Belfast Ireland and I also notice that my eyes change from blue to grey or lighter or darker its cool

  31. Everyone in my immediate family has blue eyes with exception of my younger sister and grandfather 🤔 anyhow blue are probably prevalent in western countries due to the colder climate and thus much melanin was not required, some say they were a mutation from what I hear.

  32. 29% of people in belguim and France blue eyes? In the northern part of Belgium , Flanders its 50% of people being blue eyed. Including me.

  33. I have blue eyes and I wear cosmetic brown eyes because it suits me best … my mother has brown light eyes 🙂 and she has beautiful eyes

  34. I have one blue eye and a very light brown is weird .. so I use cosmetic color eyes because people tend to stare and i hate it ..

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