It is nothing new to anyone that animals and humans can have an incredible variety of eye colors. And we’re not just talking about browns, blues, and greens.
As you will see in the list below, there are many other eye colors out there that, while rare, are real and can be found in certain types of people.
Now, if you are wondering why there are so many possibilities for eye colors, the answer lies in our polygenic characteristics, that is, those that are determined by several pairs of genes that interact with each other.
What is an exotic eye?
“You have such an exotic look” or “I love your exotic eyes.” Keep in mind, the word itself isn’t bad — a tropical bird can be exotic for instance, literally meaning that it’s a bird from a foreign place. But using “exotic” to validate a person’s beauty is basically saying that it’s not true or pure beauty.
But not only that. Eye colors are also dictated by the concentration of pigments in the eye iris, determined by the concentration of melanin. For those who don’t know, this is a kind of protein that determines the tone of the skin, hair, and of course, the eyes.
But, scientific explanations aside, how about we check the most exotic eye colors out there? You will be shocked by the myriad possibilities.
Discover 5 rare eye colors out there:
1. Red or pink
Without a doubt, this is one of the rarest eye colors out there. Normally, it is easier to see albino people with this shade of iris, as it occurs due to the lack of pigmentation. So when the light hits, what it ends up reflecting is the red color of the blood vessels that is at the back of the eyes.
When we take a picture and go out with red eyes, for example, basically the same process of reflection of light happens.
Also produced by the lack of pigmentation, this shade is also more common in very white or albino people. In this case, what is happening is that the lack of pigment, reflecting the red of the retina, ends up mixing with the reduced pigment of the iris.
A curious fact is that only 1% of people in the world have violet eyes. American actress Elizabeth Taylor was part of this select slice of humanity.
Although not as “different” as the eye colors we described first, amber eyes are rare and exotic, at least in the case of humans.
And, although it is very difficult to find people with this tone of eyes, it is more frequent in people who are born in Europe, in parts of Asia, and even here in Brazil.
This shade, by the way, is due to the higher concentration of a pigment called lipochrome.
Although this is one of the eye colors we are relatively used to, the truth is that green eyes are quite rare. In fact, experts estimate that only 2% of the world’s population has this shade of eyes.
People with green eyes are most commonly found in Europe, especially in the North and Central regions.
Regarding color, it is also due to the low melanin and the great presence of lipochrome. But, of course, this is not the only particularity of this eye color, as you have already seen here, in this other matter.
It may seem common, but people with really black eyes are rare. The intense color is the result of a high concentration of melanin in the iris.
But this is not only an exotic and beautiful color, it is also rare. Only 1% of the world population has black eyes and these people are usually from Africa, Asia, or, at least, descendants of American Indians.
Now, to find out if you have intense brown eyes or if you really have black eyes, just take the flashlight test. Aim the light in the eyes, in front of the mirror, and if they are really black they will remain very dark.
So, do you have eyes of any of these colors? If not, don’t be sad, all eye colors have their particularity and they are all beautiful!