Since it is said that the eyes are the window of the soul, eye color somehow plays an important role in describing a person’s personality. As parents, we often desire something special for our children. As silly as it is, mothers would, sometimes, wish for a special and even rarest eye color for their child. In fact, upon birth, your baby has blue eyes and it would surely be an awesome sight but there is a surprise waiting for you.
Melanin, a brown pigment released by the melanocyte cells, determines our eye color as it does with our skin and hair. This pigment protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation which can cause cancer.
In our eyes, specifically, color is concentrated in the iris. In the case of newborn babies, however, blue eyes are common and it is a sign that the eyes do not produce melanin yet. As directed by whatever inherited genes the baby posses, the real eye color will show between 6-9 months of age. The amount of melanin in the iris is controlled by the genes your child acquired from you and your mate and will tell you if your child will have either blue, green, or brown eyes, and hazel, yellow, or gray in rare cases.
Unfortunately, we cannot change our eye color for good, and can do no better than to put colored lenses temporarily in our eyes since no medical procedures have yet been established for doing that. In fact, to date, the idea seems to be virtually impossible. As for our permanent eye color, many researchers have already proved that diverse eye color genetics take part in achieving this. Two of those genes are the most extensively studied nowadays.
For commonalities’ sake we may call them genes A and B composed each of two variants. For gene A we have A-brown and A-blue, and for gene B we have B-green and B-blue. Depending on what combination we get from our parents, our eye color will be determined. Although this model is considered the easiest method for eye color inheritance, it is far from exact and does not explain the occurrences of rare eye colors such as gray, hazel, and yellow. How eye color develops is still a lingering mystery.
The higher the amount of melanin your eyes have, the higher your tendency is of acquiring a brown eye color. Brown is actually the most dominant eye color. Brown-eyed races are commonly found in Africa, Americas, and Asia. In the case of European countries such as Germany, Poland, Finland, or Sweden, endemic brown eye color is rare.
Having dazzling green eyes could have been very nice since they are among the rarest eye color. But if you want to meet someone who has such emerald eyes, it’s worth to visit Northern or Eastern Europe. In Iceland, 90% of the Icelandic population has either green or blue eyes. You would certainly feel unique and special in there if yours are brown. Also, green-eyed European men are rare. You might just be the luckiest girl if you find one hot green-eyed stud for a boyfriend.