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Fun Facts about Eye Color

Facts about Eye Color

  • The colored part of you eye is called the Iris.
  • Eye color is inherited through genetics but it is not simply a mix of the mother and fathers eye colors.
  • Most infants are born with blue eyes that can darken over time. The eye darkens with the presence of melanin-a pigment that darkens the iris color.
  • Some children are born with different colored eyes. This can occur due to malformation of pigment, trauma, before or after birth, or benign genetic disorders such as congenital Horner’s syndrome.
  • If the eye color changes, particularly in one eye, as a person gets older, this should be evaluated right away. This can be a sign of inflammation in the eye, Horner’s syndrome, Fuch’s heterochormic iridocyclitis, or Pigmentary glaucoma.

Why your eye color may change?

  • The iris is a muscle that expands and contracts, allowing the pupil, the black hole in the center of your iris,  to change size. The pupil gets larger  in the dark and gets smaller in light. When the pupil size changes, the pigments in the iris compress or spread apart, changing the eye color a bit.
  • Certain emotions can change both the pupil size thus changing this iris color. That’s why some people say their eyes change colors when they’re angry or loving.

What color will your child’s eyes be?

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