8 Clues The Eye Color Can Give About Vision Problems And Health In General

Date January 17, 2018 14:43

Many people like to think that eye color can reveal certain character traits. It may or may not be true, but the eye color may offer clues to something other than your personality.

Having blue, grey, green, amber or brown irises (or whichever else is your natural eye color) may mean either a greater susceptibility or a lower risk of certain health issues. Changes in the pupils and the whites of your eyes could also be a sign of a medical problem.

Let’s look at how your eye color is linked to your health:

Vulnerability to eye melanoma

People with light eye colors (blue, gray, or green) are slightly more likely than those with brown eyes to get uveal melanoma. This type of cancer is rare, but it’s a good idea for anyone to put on sunglasses with UV protection before going out in the sun, regardless of the eye color.

One pupil wider than the other

Some people’s pupils are naturally a little different in diameter. But in some cases, different size of pupils is a sign of a neurological problem, such as a stroke, or infection.


In vitiligo, areas of your skin turn to a lighter color. Brown-eyed people may be more likely to develop vitiligo and people with light-colored eyes also tend to have fair skin, meaning vitiligo in them is less noticeable.


In cataracts, the eyesight becomes cloudy and the pupils look hazy. People with dark-brown eyes are at a higher risk of cataracts.

Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome is a syndrome in which a person may have eyes set wider apart, loss of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes, and hearing loss. People with the syndrome may have pale or bright blue eyes or irises with two different colors.

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is responsible for a significant proportion of age-related vision loss cases. People with eyes of light color appear to be at a higher risk of the condition than dark-eyed people.

Changes in the color of eye whites

If the whites of your eyes have become yellow-colored, it may be a sign of liver problems. The red color on the whites of your eyes may be a symptom of allergies, infection, or eye dryness.

White corneal ring

If there is a white ring around your eye, it may be a sign of cholesterol accumulation in the cornea. It may not be a sign of anything serious, but it’s best to talk to your doctor about this symptom.

If you notice any unusual changes in your eyes, make an appointment with your doctor.

Source: WebMD, EverydayHealth, Prevention

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