There’s a lot to learn about blue eyes and those who peer out at the world through them. Whether it’s due to weird scientific facts, related health conditions, or just plain genetics, people who rock those baby blues are just a little bit different than their darker-eyed friends.
Even though they may appear to be blue, these icy-cool peepers aren’t actually blue at all. It might sound crazy, but there’s no such thing as blue pigment when it comes to our eyes — you’re either melanated, or not very melanated at all. And, according to Gizmodo, if you’re melanated in each layer of the iris like the majority of humans around the world, then you would have brown eyes…that are actually brown — no optical illusions there.
So if there’s no pigment in the front layers of the iris of blue eyed-people, what is it that makes them look blue? According to the American Academy of ophthalmology, blue eyes look blue for the same reason that both the ocean and the sky appear to be blue: it’s simply a trick of the light. This is called the Tyndall Effect, which is the way that light scatters in blue eyes, giving rise to the blue appearance.
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A very exclusive club | 1:12
Not the rarest | 2:13
Everyone’s doing it | 2:52
Color-changing magic | 3:47
Why do baby blues turn brown? | 4:23
Brown-eyed parents, blue-eyed kid | 5:12
Are blue eyes more sensitive to light? | 5:36
Increased risk of cancer | 6:35
Blue-eyed people problems | 7:27
Blue-boosted superpowers | 8:16
Tying one on with blue-eyed boozers | 9:20
Blue-eyed men prefer blue-eyed women | 10:18