Everyone wants blue eyes.
They're different, piercing, and all around gorgeous.
We all know the stat: 1 in 6 people live with blue eyes, so only 16% of the population.
But here's the thing: blue eyes aren't actually a thing. In fact, everyone has brown eyes.
We'll let you sit with that for a second.
Yep, that's right. Scientific studies have shown that everyone has brown eyes, even though they may look blue or green.
Your eye color is determined by melanin, which is the same thing that colors your skin and hair. But that pigment is brown, regardless of who you are!
"Everyone has melanin in the iris of their eye, and the amount that they have determines their eye color. There's really only (this) one type of pigment," says Dr. Gary Heiting.
So your eyes aren't blue because of blue melanin. They're actually brown with an absence of pigmentation.
This is why your eyes can sometimes look like they've changed colors. The way light hits your eyes, or your body producing more melanin with age, both factor in to those "changing eyes" a lot of people brag about.
Babies also seem to have blue eye when they're first born, because they haven't developed all their melanin yet. Of course, some people never will.
So really, the only way to get real "blue eyes" is colored contacts!