The science behind Brown Eyes:
Where do brown eyes come from?:
Brown eyes appear brown due to the presence of a pigment known as melanin, the same pigment that causes skin to tan. Dark brown eyes have more melanin and lighter brown eyes have less. This pigment can protect the body from some types of cancers; research suggests that those with brown eyes are less likely to have melanoma cancer. Without melanin eye color would appear blue. In fact a California doctor claims that he has created a laser that can eliminate the brown pigment from the eye changing brown eyes to blue in just seconds.
Thousands of years ago everyone had brown eyes. To this day this eye color is the most common worldwide. Brown eyes are the only eye color found in many parts of the world including much of Asia and Africa. Brown eyes can vary quite a bit in intensity from dark brown to light brown (also called honey eyes). Dark brown eyes are more common in Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe, Africa and the Americas while lighter brown eyes are most commonly seen in parts of Europe, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Eye color is determined by several genes which are received from parents at conception. Scientists believe that at least three specific genes play a role in determining eye color. The brown eyed gene is dominant over the blue and green eyed genes. This means that genetically brown eyes are much more common since a person typically only needs one brown eyed gene to have this eye color whereas a person would need several blue eyed genes, and no brown eyed genes, to have blue eyes.
Famous Celebrities with Brown Eyes:
Beautiful brown eyes can be found on many Hollywood celebrities. Orlando Bloom, known for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings, has deep, dark brown eyes. Other celebrities with brown eyes include: Johnny Depp, Vanessa Hudgens, Catherine Zeta Jones, Emma Watson, Jessica Alba, Natalie Portman, Taylor Lautner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Keanu Reeves, Nonami Takizawa, Maite Perroni, Victoria Justice and Morgan Freeman.
Celebrities in the music world with brown eyes include Britney Spears, Nick Jonas, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, JayZ, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne and Ariana Grande. Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Snooki and Kat Von D are some of the reality TV stars with brown eyes. Famous athletes with hazel eyes include Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, and Michael Phelps.
Myths and misconceptions about brown eyes:
People with brown eyes are often considered to be very confident. They are perceived as being self-assured. While there may be many people with brown eyes that are confident, the same can be said for those with blue eyes. Eye color doesn't play a role in determining self-confidence.
Some research does suggest that men with brown eyes may have more dominant facial features than men with blue eyes. Researchers completed a study where participants were shown pictures of men with both eye colors and asked to rank them based on dominance. The same pictures were then shown to another group with the eye colors changed using Photoshop. This study indicated that men with brown eyes were ranked more dominant, even when the eye color was changed to blue. This could mean that eye color is closely related to genes that control testosterone production or could mean that children are treated differently by their parents based on their eye color causing changes to hormone production and in turn creating stronger facial features in male children with brown eyes.
Minorities and Brown Eyes:
Brown eyes are the most common eye color worldwide. In some parts of the world, specifically Asia and Africa, this eye color is often the only eye color present. Interestingly though brown eyes are rare in some parts of the world. For example in Iceland more than 80% of the population has blue or green eyes. In countries like these, people with brown eyes are the minority.
Makeup and Brown Eyes:
When it comes to makeup, people with brown eyes are extremely lucky; most makeup colors will pair beautifully with this eye color. Women with brown eyes can experiment with color and have fun showcasing their eyes.
Dark brown eyes pair especially well with dark eye shadow colors including deep plums, browns, greens and grays. If you want to wear a metallic stick with gold or bronze to really bring out your eye color.
Lighter brown eyes can wear lighter versions of the same colors. For example a beautiful green or violet may work well. Neutral colors look great in the day and metallic can make brown eyes pop at night. Brown eyes can support dark eyeliner and brown or black mascaras.
Some may ask if Lasik eye surgery affects a persons eye color? The answer is no, Lasik does not affect your eye color. There is a however a separate Laser eye surgery that can in fact change eye color from brown to blue eyes. Brown melanin, which is present in the anterior layers of the iris, is carefully eliminated thus revealing the blue which is underneath.
Pioneered by Stroma Medical, the laser procedure works by eliminating the brown melanin that's present in the anterior layers of the iris.
Common Eye Diseases for Brown Eyes:
Some research indicates that people with brown eyes are actually at a lower risk for melanoma of the eye (intraocular melanoma). This may be due to the fact that brown eyes contain more pigment than blue eyes and are better able to block the harmful rays of the sun. Although brown eyes may filter sunlight better reducing eye cancer risks, this doesn't mean people with dark eyes don't need sunglasses. Some research suggests that cataracts are more common in individuals with brown eyes.
People with brown eyes are more likely to contract vitiligo than people with blue eyes. Vitiligo is a disease that causes white patches to develop on the skin. These patches are a result of a loss of melanin. Since people with blue eyes often have less melanin in the skin, they are less likely to develop this condition. A recent study showed that 43% of participants with vitiligo had brown eyes vs. 27% of total study participants.
Some people feel that brown eyes are more difficult to read than lighter eye colors. This is one reason why people with dark eyes are considered mysterious. The iris, or dark spot in the center of the eye, dilates with changes in mood and interest. These changes are easily seen on people with lighter eye colors, but can be difficult to notice in dark eyes.
Funny Brown Eye Joke:
A man was talking to his friend at the bar. The friend said, "Did you know that 9 out of 10 women with brown eyes cheat on their husbands?"
"No, I didn't know that," the man replied.
"So what color are YOUR wife's eyes?" asked the friend.
The man replied, "I'm too drunk to remember. Geez, I'd better go home and find out!"
So the man hurries home to find his wife in bed and asleep. The man carefully lifts his wife's eyelid and exclaims, "OH, MY GOD! BROWN!"
Suddenly, a man pops out from under the covers and exclaims, "How the hell did you know I was here?"
Brown Eyed Quotes:
- "There are brown eyes in the world, after all, as well as blue, and one pair of brown that meant heaven to me as the blue had never done."
- E. Nesbit
- I look into your great brown eyes, where love and loyal homage shine, and wonder where the difference lies between your soul and mine!."
- Josiah G.
- "A gray eye is a sly eye, And roguish is a brown one; Turn full upon me thy eye,-- Ah, how its wavelets drown one! A blue eye is a true eye; Mysterious is a dark one, Which flashes like a spark-sun! A black eye is the best one."
- William R. Alger
Brown Eye Songs:
- Brown Eyes - Lady Gaga
- Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
- Looking Your Big Brown Eyes - Bob Marley
- Brown Eyed Blues - Adrian Hood
- Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) - Mint Condition
- Dont It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
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