20 Surprising Facts About Hazel Eyes

Posted by , Updated on March 25, 2024

Science has concluded that eye color can reveal a lot of information about one’s personality. Hazel eyes are undoubtedly some of the most mysterious, rare and pretty eye colors out there. For that matter, many celebrities who supposedly have hazel eyes, in reality are wearing contact lens. We are staring at you Rihanna!

So what’s so special and unique about hazel eyes after all? If you’re interested to learn every little detail about them, read today’s list of 25 Surprising Facts About Hazel Eyes that follows and get enlightened.



What exactly are hazel eyes?


Hazel eyes are multi-colored, with a shade of green and a characteristic burst of brown or gold radiating outwards from around the pupil.









Hazel eyes are not about color though


Eye colors are heavily influenced by the pigmentation of the iris and how light scatters around it. Having hazel eyes is less about color though and more about how color is distributed within the iris.


Hazel Eyes vs Central Heterochromia


Many people get confused and think that hazel eyes occur due to Central Heterochromia. Science, however, strongly disagrees. See, the outer ring of an eye affected by Central Heterochromia is that iris’s true color.

On the other hand, hazel eyes are due to a combination of a Rayleigh scattering and a more than moderate amount of melanin in the iris’ anterior border layer. To put it simply, the more melanin you have in your iris and your skin, the darker your eyes will be.




More common in Caucasian countries

According to science, people of all races can have hazel eye color. However, hazel eyes occur mostly throughout Caucasian countries, in particular in areas where blue, green and brown eyed people are intermixed.



Not necessarily born with them


For some of us, the eye color that we are born with is the same with the one we will die with. This is the norm especially for people of African and Asian decent due to the high levels of melanin in their system.

For Caucasian people it’s a little different though. A baby of European origin can be born with blue eyes that can later turn different colors, including hazel.




Hazel eyes and color intensity changes


Science also states that hazel eyes can change color even during the day (for some seconds usually) in response to varying conditions. The use of drug or alcohol, lighting conditions and clothing are only some of the factors that contribute to that phenomenon.


The brown ring


Various studies have shown that nearly 75% of all hazel eyes appear to have a brown ring around the pupil.


Hazel eyes are rare


Not many people globally are lucky enough to have hazel eyes. In fact, only five percent of the world’s population has hazel eyes. Only violet and green eyes are even rarer than hazel.


They are also VERY unique


The crazy thing about hazel eyes is that every pair of them is truly unique. Some people possess lighter features of green, while others have darker features of brown. The color of the tinges and the ring around the pupil can also vary greatly. Finding 100% identical hazel eyes is like looking for a needle in a haystack really.


People with hazel eyes are adventurous


Many studies have attempted to examine how eye color can influence an individual’s personality. Some of them have shown that people with hazel eyes are usually adventurous and love extreme sports.


They have a wild imagination


People with hazel eyes also appear to be really imaginative, but at the same time they can also be deep thinkers. They have no issues combining fantasy with logic in creative ways.


They are courageous


People with hazel eyes appear to be very courageous and determined to achieve. For that reason they will often take risks in order to succeed.


They are very responsible


No matter how much they love adventure or to take risks, people with hazel eyes are very responsible as well. They are always aware of their own limitations and they won’t act before they think really hard about something first.


They love the arts

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When you think about it, this fact doesn’t even need an official source to be verified. Just look at the list of actors, actresses, artists and singers with hazel eyes and you will be convinced. George Michael, Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Jason Statham, Mila Kunis, Lady Gaga and Ryan Reynolds are just a few of them.


There's a surgery to get hazel eyes


For those who are tired to wear colored contact lens and want to permanently have hazel eyes, there’s a surgery for that. However, eye being one of the most sensitive organs of our body, you should do some heavy thinking before you decide anything.


Hazel eyes can turn into red


Yep, people with hazel eyes can look (naturally that is) like Count Dracula because of their allergies. Seasonal allergies or any allergies can change the hazel eye color into red.




We have already mentioned various factors that can contribute to the color intensity of hazel eyes. Nothing contributes more than the individual’s emotions though. A sad or happy, smiley or crying person with hazel eyes, appears to have a different eye color each time.




Hazel-colored contact lenses are very high in demand and sales. Apparently, there are many people who wish to had hazel colored eyes.


High risk for cancer


They may be gorgeous to look at, but there are some real dangers for people who posses hazel eyes. Because of the lower level of melanin hazel eyes contain they’re at high risk of developing particular types of ocular cancers, such as intraocular melanoma.

Here’s one (probably the only) clear disadvantage people with hazel eyes have compared to those with brown or even blue eyes.


The eye color chameleon


Last but not least, even scientists refer to hazel eyes as the “eye color chameleon.” It’s the only eye’s color that isn’t concretely defined. They can change color even based on the environment around them. Now that’s some serious skill that even commandos and chameleons would be jealous of.

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