Things that can change your eye color

Have you ever wondered what you’d look like with a different set of eyes? 

A different eye color, I mean. 

You may have brown eyes and wonder what they’d look like if they were blue. Or, maybe they’re already blue, and you’ve wondered how to get them to turn into a more intense husky-dog-like blue. 

It’s a well kept secret that there may be some factors that can actually change your eye color. Folks don’t much like wearing giant, painful contacts, either. Let’s take a closer look?


The color of a baby’s eyes often changes as it gets older. 

It generally turns darker as a result of an increase in melanocytes. These are melanin producing cells that rest in the skin as well as in the uvea (it’s an eye part). 

While responsible for skin color, melanocytes also govern the color of your eyes. When melanocytes become larger, the tone of your eyeballs darkens. 

It can take a baby a decade before its melanin finally balances and decides on its eye color. 

But the darker your eyes are when born, the less likely they are to change color. On the other hand, light-eyed babies’ eyes may darken quite a bit. 

Researchers have even linked eye color to different human traits. Folks with brown eyes are reported to have a worse sleeping schedule, whereas folks with lighter colored eyes are a bit more upbeat. 

This may start to sound as if we’re getting Astrological (farfetched). 

But it could actually be possible to make your blue eyes a shade darker using antiglaucoma medication (under counsel of a doctor). This is a side effect of therapy for glaucoma, so it’s only appropriate if you have a medical issue. 

Alternatively, time machines may one day make it possible to revert to your former eye color, in case you also wanted to become a kid again.


Let’s talk about what you can do to draw attention to your eyes. So, from the get-go, we don’t take any drastic measures. 

Yes, I admit, this won’t change your eye color. But drawing more attention to certain features may have the same perceptive effect, more or less. 

Accessories can be quite impactful in the form of gemstones, for instance. 

Black onyx helps jet black eyes stand more clearly out. Purple amethysts and green paridot make hazel eyes pop. Obviously, green paridot worn with deep green eyes is truly deadly. 

Natural turquoise goes well with grey eyes, as does light blue topaz; another nod to the use of subtle differentiation to all those wonderful primary colors. Amber gemstones and orange citrines make a cat’s yellow eyes stand out, in case you plan to have one curled up on your shoulders throughout the night on a ballroom dancing occasion.

Red garnets go with paler, dinner-plate eyes. 

And all go well with silver, in case you hadn’t guessed.


Sunlight has been a big determinant of eye color throughout the many years of human mutation.

We could start with brown-eyed folks, who are by far the most common. This is especially in Anglo-Saxon-type areas. You can find them today in 400 year old pubs and in castles, guarding the tritely termed white cliffs of Dover.  

Brown eyes are found in the Middle East, too. If you’d like to take a gander at folks’ eyeballs in Amman, I’d recommend staying at the Abbasi Palace Hotel.

You’ll find the blue eyed folks in Scandinavia, having mushroom fueled festivals outside their little huts near colossal, clear lakes. And in Finland, too! 

The United States of America is slightly more diverse, melting pot and all. Just follow the smell of an outdoors barbecue to find them.

Green eyes are the rarest of them all, although they’re quite common in Romania. And for some reason, Ireland was similarly blessed in addition to their easy charisma.    

With the secrets of longevity discovered and the benefit of a sunny field, is there a possibility of changing your own eye color over the course of a few thousand years? Possibly.

Unfortunately, the only known surgeries that do so are so risky that you’d basically have to be insane to try them. 


Ah, no. Mood can’t change your eye color. 

At least not yet. Let’s get those bio-gen startups going! Because we also want Matrixy brains so badly. 

You still have the option of wearing Google Glass, to get attention on your eye area and be the coolest cat around.   

Or, maybe try to say something profound? People may not think to look at you closely enough to notice your eyes until you become truly real to them. 


Some people have eyes that change color or are multiple colors. To all these alien type folks: we bow down to your genetic uniqueness. 

But also please don’t do the staring-at-people ‘my eyes are super intense and interesting’ thing. 

In getting back to science, which is obviously our primary purpose here, we don’t completely understand what makes people’s eyes change color, as it does in these supremely rarish cases.  

We speculate that this is caused by a spilling of multiple gene pools into the eye color bucket by the head maestro of the reproduction process, but inquiries to the respective party have gone unanswered. 

The good news is that this special condition hasn’t been linked to vision problems. Although unfortunately, however, for now, this is something you still have to be born with. Unless you too want to be one of the first people to try that crazy, blinding surgery.


If the world were made of pie, you could eat your way to China. And if raw food changed your eye color, maybe you’d have different colored eyes. 

But is it possible that you can? There are certainly some signs of eye color that are associated with health. For instance, that red-eyed look can be a sign that someone has been getting trashed. This is less about your pupils though than the whites of your eyes.

Some believe that the eyes are even more so a sign of health, or lack thereof. There’s an idea floating around that organic food, which may improve the health of your organs, reflects these health improvements in your eyes as well. 

Iridology studies the impact of food on your eye color, controversially. It claims that eating raw, organic food for years can lighten the tone of your eyes. This is not surprising, given what we all know: that you are what you eat.

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