Expert dismisses existence of blue or green eyes, says brown is the only colour!

Even though all eyes are technically brown, the amount of melanocytes varies from person to person.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 12:58 PM IST
Expert dismisses existence of blue or green eyes, says brown is the only colour!

Houston: Much has been said about the respective eye colours – Brown depicts kindness and sensitivity, green shows passion and mysterious, having blue eyes means the person has a strong threshold of pain, while black eyes are very trustworthy, etc.

However, an optometrist has managed to reverse the game altogether and said that brown is the only existing eye colour, while also stating that all other eye colours are merely optical illusions.

Everyone has brown eyes and there are no blue or green colour eyes in real sense, the optometrist said. There is only one pigment for eye colour, brown. Eye colours like blue, green, hazel, etc are what people might call an optical illusion. Pigments in our body are determined by something call melanin, he added.

“Everyone has melanin in the iris of their eye, and the amount that they have determines their eye colour,” said Dr Gary Heiting, a licensed optometrist and senior editor of the eye care website All About Vision. “There’s really only (this) one type of pigment.”

Pigments in our body are determined by something call melanin. Irises are made up of a miniature version of melanin called melanocytes, which only come in one colour, brown, CNN reported. Even though all eyes are technically brown, the amount of melanocytes varies from person to person. There’s really only one “shade” of melanin - and it’s brown!, Heiting said.

However, people with lighter eyes have less melanocytes allowing light to be more easily absorbed and reflected, making their eyes appear lighter in colour. Brown-eyed people have more melanin, less light. The opposite is true for people with “blue” eyes. Those with less melanocytes cannot absorb as much light, so more light is reflected back out of the eye, Heiting was quoted as saying by the report.

This is called scattering - and when light is scattered, it reflects back at shorter wavelengths. On the colour spectrum, shorter light wavelengths correspond with the colour blue.

(With PTI inputs)