For most people, the color of one’s eyes is a purely superficial trait that, for some people, may in a very minor way help determine how they feel about someone else. Deep, piercing blue and green eyes have often been one part of a person’s physical attraction for someone else. But rarely do we think beyond this level to ask the question “is there more to eye color than simply the overall appearance of the eye?”
The short answer to that question is simply ‘yes.’ Eye color can actually signal many things, some of which can be health-related and may even act as indications that an individual is more susceptible to certain types of health conditions. Now, let’s dig a little deeper into the subtle yet important meanings behind eye color.
1. Dark Eyes and Cataracts
Cataracts is a serious health problem that affects the eyes. Typically emerging in older people, it makes one’s vision appear clouded or foggy, and over time it can lead to serious problems making out images. At the same time, individuals with cataracts often see the appearance of their pupils change, with the original color fading and a foggy effect slowly taking over.
Unfortunately for people with dark colored eyes — such as those with deep brown eyes — cataracts is more likely to become an issue at some point in their lives. In fact, some studies have suggested people with dark eyes are roughly twice as likely to develop cataracts as someone with blue or green eyes. If you have a family history of cataracts and dark-colored eyes, you should definitely schedule regular check-ups with your optometrist to get tested and catch the problem before it becomes more serious.