JUL 23, 2018 3:06 PM PDT

Can Dark-Colored Eyes See Better?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Other than health risks associated with certain eye colors, can some colors see better than others? For example, can brown eyes see better than light-colored eyes?

Well, research has shown that people with brown eyes have dark irises because of their DNA which codes for genes that lead to the production of plenty of melanin. Melanin is a brownish-black pigment that absorbs light.

In light colored eyes, less melanin is produced, so more light penetrates into the eyes which is why they are more sensitive to fluorescent lighting and the sun.

However, studies have failed to conclude if dark-colored eyes can see well then the light-colored eyes, or if seeing abilities between these categories even varies.

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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