45 Green Eyes Facts

Only 2% of people are born with green eyes, making it one of the rarest eye colors on earth. Among friend groups, maybe one will have green eyes. In fact, green eyes are so rare that scientists used to believe that eye color is a simple genetic trait. Now that more research has been done, scientists are unsure what causes green eyes… It’s a complex trait.

Whether you’re looking to share some green eye facts with your friends or learn more about your own green-colored eyes, you’re in the right place. We’re sharing some shocking and eye-opening – no pun intended – facts about green eyes.

Green Eyes Facts

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1. Only 2% of people in the world have green eyes. The most popular eye color is brown.


2. 86% of people in Ireland and Scotland have green or blue eyes.


3. The deeper the green of a person’s eyes, the healthier they are.


4. Green eyes have received the title of, “The most attractive eye in the world.”


5. The color of someone’s eyes could impact their personality. People with green eyes are known to have extreme loyalty.


6. The pigment in green eyes comes due to low levels of melanin.


7. Green eyes are popular in literature, music, paintings, and photographs.


8. Black and blonde are the most common colors for green eyes.


9. The presence of green eye color can be found across all races.


10. There is some evidence of people with green eyes dating back to mankind’s early beginnings.


11. Studies show that people with green eyes may be more connected with nature.


12. Babies aren’t born with green eyes. They’ll either be born with brown eyes or blue eyes and green eyes take around 6 months to develop.


13. Animals that can have green eyes include snakes, cats, frogs, parrots, panthers, cheetahs, and monkeys.


14. It takes 16 genetic traits to create the green eye color.


15. Because green eyes have less melanin than brown eyes, people with green eyes are more likely to be extra sensitive to UV rays.

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16. Well-known celebrities with green eyes include Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Hamm.


17. In Iceland, 87% of men and 89% of women have either blue or green eyes.


18. Some people have one hazel eye and one blue eye. This is due to a medical condition named, Heterochromia.


19. Have you ever noticed that when a person drinks alcohol, the color of their eye seems to change? People with green eyes get extremely glossy eyes when they have a high alcohol level in their body.


20. People with green eyes may be prone to jealousy very often.


21. A myth once said that people with green eyes live longer.


22. No one actually has green eyes. That is, irises only appear to be that color. It’s the combination of yellow and brown pigment that displays a color of green.


23. Many Disney villains have green eyes – like Scar from The Lion King.


24. Green eyes have been around since the Bronze Age Era, and are most commonly in people that have ancestors from German or Celtic descent.


25. In the olden days, people with green eyes were known to be evil.

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26. Famous singer Adele has green eyes.


27. People with green eyes are considered to be mischievous and adventurous.


28. Studies show that men prefer women with green eyes – even though they are so rare.


29. It can take up to 3 years for green eyes to truly develop.


30. According to a survey from 1-800 Contacts, people with blue eyes typically wish they had green eyes instead.


31. John Krasinski, mostly known from his role in The Office, has green eyes.


32. In order for a person to have green eyes, they must have a yellow colored stroma.


33. Green eyes are also incredibly popular in books. One of the most popular storybook characters with green eyes is Harry Potter.


34. Humans aren’t the only animals that can have green eyes.


35. Women are far more likely to have green eyes than men.


36. There is black melanin and yellow melanin. An eye that is without melanin will usually be blue, but green eyes are caused by low levels of black melanin and high levels of yellow.


37. The chances of having both green eyes and red hair are incredibly low. There is surprisingly an even lower chance of people with blue eyes having red hair.


38. Many people love green eyes because they are rare and celebrities like Angelina Jolie have them. Because of this, green is one of the most popular requested colored eye contacts.


39. Green eyes are common in Europe, but any race can have green eyes.


40. Billy Shakespeare may have been the first person to connect green eyes to the feeling of envy.


41. People with green eyes are known to be more creative than those without.


42. People with light-colored eyes (specifically green eyes) have an increased risk of developing melanoma.


43. A study done in 2014 by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania showed that women with lighter eyes (blue and green) had less anxiety and pain during childbirth.


44. People with green eyes can typically drink more alcohol than people with other eye colors.


45. There is a village in north western China called Liqian and two-thirds of the inhabitants today have green eyes.


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