What Your Eye Color Says About Your Health

We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “Eyes are the window to the soul.” If they can tell us so much about one person, they can surely tell us about their overall health, right? According to new research conducted at Pittsburgh University, a person’s eye color can tell us a lot about how they handle everyday situations.

Here are some common health traits that were found in individuals with differing eye colors:

  • Cataracts. If you have dark-colored eyes, you are more likely to develop cataracts. According to a 2000 study, dark-eyed individuals had a 1.5 to 2.5 higher risk of cataracts. To protect yourself from this eye disease, it is important to wear sunglasses to ward off harmful UV rays.
  • Vitiligo. Vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes loss of skin color in blotches, was found to be less common in individuals who had blue eyes. This may be due to the fact that two particular genes, TYR and OCA2, that are found in blue eye color, decrease the chance of vitiligo.
  • Melanoma. Individuals who have blue eyes are more at risk of developing melanoma. The two genes that are found in blue-eyed people, TYR and OCA2, that protect against vitiligo actually put these individuals more at risk for melanoma.
  • Alcohol sensitivity. Dark-eyed individuals, or those that have black or brown eyes, may drink less than blue- or green-eyed individuals. This may be due to the fact that dark-eyed people are more sensitive to alcohol, which may lead them to drink less.
  • Pain tolerance. Recent findings have shown that light-eyed women may have a higher tolerance for pain and discomfort than dark-eyed women. Childbirth was the main focus of this research.

Reach Out to Raleigh Eye Center Today to Learn More About Your Eye Color & Health

In addition to the list above, your eyes can tell a lot more about your health and overall well-being than you might have originally thought. If you are interested in learning more about your eye color and genes, contact the eye care specialists at Raleigh Eye Center today.