Eye Color Guide - The Most Common Eye Colors
The human eye is both beautiful and unique. Much like a fingerprint, each individual's eye color is specific only to them, with no others sharing the same shape, color and appearance. So what eye colors are the most common, and which are the rarest?
An estimated 70-90% of the world's population has brown eyes. Aside from sharing the same rich eye color, you're also the proud owners of the most melanin (pigment) within your irises, meaning your eyes are naturally more protected from the sun.
Hazel-eyed people are second in line for the most melanin, but their pigment is concentrated around the edge of the iris, and flecks of gold, brown or green fill the center.
Roughly 8% of the world has blue eyes. Research shows that blue-eyed folks share a single, common ancestor. Scientists tracked a genetic mutation that took place thousands of years ago, which is the cause of all blue-eyed people today.
Green eyes have low to moderate amounts of melanin and they're super rare—only an estimated 2% of the population have them.
Only about 3% of the world's population is thought to have gray eyes. It's suspected that gray-eyed people have an even smaller amount of melanin in their eyes than blue-eyed people, and they have a different composition of the stroma that causes the light to scatter differently to create the mysterious, silvery hue.
Amber eyes are a solid yellowish, golden or copper color and do not contain brown, green, or orange flecks. If you have amber-colored eyes, it's likely that you're of Spanish, Asian, South American or South African descent.
If there is one thing we can agree on, it's that all eyes are unique and beautiful. Additionally, thanks to colored contact lenses, it's possible to change your eye color even you don't require vision correction.
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