Hazel Eyes

Eyes are the windows to the soul. This is the famous saying. They say that you can learn a lot about a person by simply looking at them in the eye.

The human eyes reflect one’s personality and emotion. Each and every one of us has a unique eye color and it contributes a lot of overall beauty. The color of the eye has something to do with the genes.

The color of the eyes of humans ranges from light tint of blue to dark shade of brown. Blue, green, and hazel eyes are a result of Tyndall scattering of light in the stroma. (2)

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What color are hazel eyes?

Hazel eyes have a shade similar to that of the hazelnut shell. It is not actually a real color, but a result of a combination of various colors. It is a combination of brown, blue green eyes. Are hazel eyes rare? Yes, it is. In fact, only a few number of people have hazel eye color. If you have hazel eyes, you are lucky because your eyes are naturally beautiful. You don’t really need to do a lot of makeup to highlight your eyes.

Girls with hazel eyes are mostly in the Hollywood such as Demi Moore, Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Halle Berry. Actors who are known for their hazel eyes include Ben Affleck, Channing Tatum, Harrison Ford, David Beckham, and Jude Law. (1, 2)

Hazel eyes genetics

Hazel eyes are common in people from South and Eastern Europe, including Great Britain. Genes have a lot to do with the color of the eyes. North African, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, and Spanish decent have hazel eyes.

The intensity of eye color varies from one person to another. The hazel eyes color may appear brighter or darker depending on the emotions and other external factors. The intensity of the color is usually affected by different lighting, sunlight, and the color of the clothes you wear. If it reflects the color of the environment such as the sky or grass, the eye color looks green or brown. The intensity in the eye color is because hazel eyes are more reflective than other eye colors. (3, 4)

Health precautions for people with hazel eyes

If you have hazel eyes, it means that the melanin content of your eyes is low. Those with hazel eyes are prone to intra-ocular melanoma. If the sun is up and you need to go outside, make sure you wear sunglasses with strong ultraviolet ray protection.

If there is an abnormal change in your eye color, you should see an eye doctor to diagnose any underlying conditions like glaucoma degradation. (5)

Hazel Eyes Facts

Why some people have blue eyes while others have hazel eyes? What factors can affect the eye color? The eyes have different parts. The iris is the pigment inside the eye surrounding the pupil. It is the one responsible in giving color to the eyes. On the other hand, the melanin is the pigment responsible for eye color. It is also the melanin that determines the color of the skin.

You probably notice that white, non-Hispanic babies have blue eyes. The reason for this is there is no sufficient amount of melanin at birth. As the years pass by, more melanin develops in the iris. This makes blue eyes turn to other colors such as hazel eyes, green eyes, and brown. As more melanin develops in the eyes, the color changes from blue to brown. If only a few amount of melanin is present, the color of the eyes turn to hazel eyes or green eyes. (5, 6)

Light absorption and scattering can significantly affect the color of the eyes. As mentioned above, it is the melanin that gives a dark brown pigment to the eyes. So, how hazel eyes and other eye colors develop? Well, there are two processes involved. The melanin in the iris has the ability to absorb different wavelength of lights to enter the eyes.

Those eyes with high melanin content absorb more light, which resulted to less scattering and reflection of light back from the iris. This is the reason why people with high amount of melanin have brown eyes. On the other hand, if the person has a low melanin content, less light is absorbed. The iris scatters and reflects more light. Those people with less melanin have hazel eyes or green eyes and blue eyes. (7)

How to enhance your hazel eyes?

If you have hazel eyes, you can further enhance it by wearing the right makeup and hair color. On the other hand, if you want to have hazel eyes, you can use contact lens. It will give you an illusion of hazel eyes.

  • Eyeshadow for hazel eyes – To further bring out the beauty of your eyes, you should use the right eyeshadow. For hazel eyes, the perfect eyeshadows are gold, chocolate brown, and green. These colors will make your eyes vibrant.
  • Hair colors for hazel eyes – When it comes to choosing the color of the hair, the skin tone and eye color should be considered. For people with hazel eyes, hair dyes like white, black, and platinum should be avoided during warm season. During cool season, a platinum hair color is perfect. However, you should completely avoid blue hair color. Brown hair color is perfect for hazel eyed people. Blonde and shade of red look perfect too.
  • Hazel eye contacts – If the color of your eyes is not naturally hazel, but you’ve been dying to have such color, you can achieve it with the help of contact lenses. It creates an illusion of a hazel eye. Be very careful when it comes to using contact lenses. To be safe, you should consult your eye care professional and as for a prescription for color contact lenses. The doctor will thoroughly asses the color of your eyes and will prescribe a color contact lenses that will help achieve hazel eye color. (8, 9, 10)


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Published by Dr. Jackie Te RN, MD under Anatomy and Body.
Article was last reviewed on January 12th, 2022.

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