Perhaps the most underappreciated and under-celebrated eye color is the humble brown. But what are some of those need-to-know facts about brown eyes? Despite the lack of celebratory songs for brown-eyed folks, there’s a wealth of information about coffee-colored peepers out there, and some of it is downright fascinating.
It’s pretty well-known that brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world. But it’s not just common, it’s overwhelmingly common, to the tune of 79 percent of the world’s population. The next most common eye color in the world is blue, which clocks in at 8 to 10 percent, mostly present in European countries. Hazel eyes occur in about 5 percent of the population, as do amber eyes, followed by green at a paltry 2 percent. And each of the following colors are less than one percent of the world’s population: gray, red or violet, which are seen in people with severe forms of albinism, and heterochromia, which refers to someone with two different-colored eyes.
Most of the people on the African and Asian continents have brown eyes, and dark eye color is also prevalent in the Middle East and The Americas, although in the United States, only 41 percent of the population has brown eyes. That’s a lower percentage than most other countries. Finally, there are plenty of brown-eyed people in Europe, although in countries like Finland and Estonia especially, it’s the minority by far. Keep watching to find out The Truth About Brown Eyes!
Brown eyes are the most common | 0:00
What makes brown eyes brown? | 1:17
Not all brown eyes look the same | 2:04
Genetics is complicated | 2:56
Guys and gals | 4:00
Born with eyes of a different color | 5:00
Brown eyes and cancer | 5:47
Brown eyes and macular degeneration | 6:36
Diabetes and brown eyes | 7:10
Brown-eyed people and reaction times | 7:59
Brown eyes and alcohol tolerance | 8:49
Brown eyes and pain tolerance | 9:50
Brown eyes and cataracts | 10:45
Are brown-eyed people more trustworthy? | 11:31
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