The science behind Green Eyes:
Green eyes are the least common eye color. In order to have green eyes a person must have a yellow colored stroma. The yellowish stroma appears green due to Rayliegh scattering, the principle that makes the sky blue, blue plus yellow equals green. Rayliegh scattering is the scattering of molecules and and atoms that occurs when light travels through transparent liquids or gasses.
There are two different types of melanin, the pigment that allows skin to tan and that makes brown eyes brown. There is a dark, black melanin and a yellow melanin. An eye without melanin, either black or yellow will be blue. Green eyes are caused by low levels of black melanin and higher levels of the yellow melanin.
Babies with green eyes are born with blue or gray eyes, just like other Caucasian babies. Green eyes do not appear immediately and may take several months to appear. The most dramatic changes to a baby's eye color will typically occur sometime after 6 months of age, but can continue to change for several years.
Where do green eyes come from?
Green eyes have been around for thousands of years. They were present in Siberia during the Bronze Age. This color is most common in Europe, or in people of European descent. In some European countries green eyes are more common than brown. In Iceland it is said that 80% of people have blue or green eyes. Green eyes are more common in Icelandic females than in males. One study found that 17% of the women studied had green eyes compared to only 8% of the males. Similar results were found in a Dutch study. Green eyes are very rare in males worldwide.
Europeans with green eyes generally come from Celtic or German ancestry. Green eyes are common in Ireland, where they are commonly paired with fiery red hair.
Green eyes can be found in many places including the United States, throughout Europe, South Asia, South America and Northern Africa. It is estimated that only 2% of people have this rare eye color. Several groups have been established to photograph this eye color in places all over the world. One example is the Green Eye Project.
Famous celebrities with green eyes:
The rarity of green eyes makes them really stand out, especially when a celebrity has them. Many celebrities have this beautiful eye color. Abbie Cornish famous for her role in Limitless and Bright Star has beautiful green eyes. Kristen Kreuk, a star in the hit series Smallville also has green eyes. Other celebrities with green eyes include: Channing Tatum, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tom Cruise, Drew Barrymore, Lindsey Lohan, Kristin Kreuk, Jessica Biel, Derek Jeter, Tyler Hoechlin, Jude Law, Scarlett Johanson, Madonna, Adele, David Beckham, Kristen Stewart, Harry Styles, Rihanna, and Hayden Panattiere. Although this eye color is very rare, it is a lot more common amongst celebrities than the general population.
Green eyes have also been made famous through song, book and film. Coldplay has a song titled, "Green Eyes" as well as Joe Purdy and Erykah Badu. Tennessee Williams wrote a one act play called, "Green Eyes" and there are several books sharing this same title.
Myths and misconceptions about green eyes:
Green eyes are rare and as such they are considered very mysterious. People with green eyes are considered to be curious, intelligent and a little surprising. Green eyes have also been associated with mischievousness. Green is the color of jealousy and people with green eyes are said to have a strong jealous streak.
People with green eyes may also be considered evil. In primitive times having green eyes and red hair could be grounds for declaring a woman a witch and putting her to death. The reasoning behind this eye color myth is not known, but some say that it is due to the fact that green eyes often appear cat-like and historically witches are tied to cats.
Minorities and Green Eyes:
Green eyes are rare in any culture, but especially amongst those of Asian and African descent. While uncommon they are not unheard of. In fact in some places they are surprisingly common. One village in Western China has many residents with blonde hair and green eyes. These Chinese villagers did not know how this occurred until DNA testing showed that 2/3 of the villagers were of Caucasian origin. It is believed that a Roman army settled in the village during ancient times, thus leading to the green eyes commonly found here. Typically those of African and Asian descent with blue or green eyes have Caucasian relatives on both sides of the family, even if they are only distantly related. Another possibility is a new mutation of a person's DNA.
Makeup and Green Eyes:
Stunning green eyes are eye catching in and of themselves, probably due to their rarity, but the right makeup can up the beauty of this stunning feature even more. Green eyes pair especially well with gold toned eye shadows. Warm, shimmering eye shadow is recommended. Golds, bronzes and coppers all work well. Purples and neutrals can also be used for an understated daytime look.
Common Diseases for Green Eyes:
Individuals with light colored eyes (blue, green or gray) may be at an increased risk for eye cancer, specifically intraocular melanoma. Researchers believe that the pigment in the iris of brown eyed people may protect the eye from sun damage and UV exposure.
People with green eyes may also experience discoloration. Sometimes a yellow pigment known as lipofuscin enters the visible eye color as a result of damaged eyes or wear and tear. This only occurs in green eyes that are unhealthy, never in healthy eyes.
Green Eye Poem:
Smiling there for me
As lovely as can be
For all the world to see
Oh, how they sparkle and shine
I look at her and wish
That her love was mine
I love her green eyes
Like cat eyes in the night
No matter where she goes
They always catch the light
Green eyes in the morning
Awaken from a sleep
Holding her next to me
That is all I seek
Green eyes please tell me
This is where you want to stay
Green eyes please tell me
You'll wake up here everyday
- Ray Hansell
Green Eye Songs:
- Green Eyes - Aquellos Ojos Verdes
- Pretty Green Eyes - Force & Styles
- Green Eyes - Coldplay
- Pretty Green Eyes - Ultrabeat
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