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The most common eye color in the world is brown. It makes up for more than half of the world’s population followed by blue and hazel eyes at a distant tie for second place with eight percent of the world’s population each. Other colors, like green and amber and silver, are more rare and account for a small percentage of people across the earth. With such a variety of color, it becomes an area of interest to learn if one color provides a visual advantage over the other.

ARE BROWN EYES BETTER THAN BLUE EYES?

Since brown eyes are the most common in the world, you can imagine there might be a genetic preference with a purpose. While the results of quality of vision are not significantly different for eyes of any color, some studies reveal that people with brown eyes have quicker reaction times.

A brown iris absorbs more light than a lighter blue or green iris, which may directly lead to quicker reaction times. A sports correlative study at the University of Louisville reports that brown-eyed people perform better at reactive tasks such as catching or hitting. But, if you have blue eyes, don’t worry. The same study reports that people with blue eyes perform better at active tasks like pitching a baseball or throwing a football.

IS THIS A FUSS OVER NOTHING?

While a number of studies suggest brown eyes and blue eyes allow people to perform different tasks with advantages, other studies reject this conclusion. A study on the kicking reaction times of rugby players suggests there is no difference between the athletes’ abilities based off of eye color.

Ultimately, from these studies you can conclude that there is no significant difference between the eye’s ability to see or affect reaction time. The only conclusive difference between blue eyes and brown eyes is that blue eyes are more sensitive to light since their isn’t much pigment to absorb the light rays.

ARE THERE ABNORMAL EYE COLORS TO BE AWARE OF?

If your eyes exhibit any unusual color changes, you need to visit your eye doctor for an exam to determine if you have a threatening condition.

The following may indicate a more serious problem:

  • Red eyes
  • White ring around your eyes
  • Yellow eyes
  • Murky pupils

No matter what color your eyes are, you need to have them regularly examined. Please contact Silverstein Eye Care Centers. Call us today to make an appointment for an eye exam. We can serve you at our convenient location in Independence/Kansas City at (816) 358-3600.

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