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Variety is the Spice of Eye Color

February 22, 2022

What color are your eyes? While there are countless numbers of hues, shades, richness and color combinations, your peepers are probably brown, blue, hazel, amber, grey or green. 

Eye color refers to the hue of the iris. The color of someone’s eyes depends on how much of the melanin, a natural pigment, is present. Brown eyes have much more melanin than blue eyes. In fact, blue eyes have no melanin in the front layer of their irises (called the stroma). This state makes light disperse when it hits the irises and causes them to appear blue. 

No matter what color eyes your eyes are, know that at the office of Optical Outlets, our skilled and expert optometric team uses their extensive knowledge of the ocular system and the complexities of the eye to take care of your eye health and fit you with the perfect lenses and frames. Our group is made up of friendly, highly trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable and relaxed while benefitting from the very best in optometric care. 

About half of the people who live in the U.S. have brown eyes, as do about four out of five people around the world. The color is also more prevalent among residents of areas where the climate is predominantly warm. 

Approximately 10 percent of Earth’s population have blue eyes. The eyes of the 5 percent of people with hazel eyes boast a combination of green, blue, gold and brown. It’s uncertain how many of us have peepers that are truly amber. But contrary to hazel eyes, amber eyes aren’t a compilation of colors. 

Gray accounts for only three percent, while green is the rarest, at just 2 percent. (Green may be at the bottom of the ladder, but we believe that this makes them look quite exotic!) Green eyes are most common in Northern, Central and Western Europe. About 16 percent of people with green eyes are of Celtic and Germanic ancestry. 

The office of Optical Outlets is committed to the eye health of all of our patients. We’ve earned the trust of all of our patrons and look forward to earning yours. For more information about our business and many services, please don’t hesitate to call us today.