60 Interesting Facts About Green Eyes

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Green eyes are a rare and beautiful phenomenon. Making up just 2% of the world’s population, green-eyed people are considered a genetic minority. But what do we really know about green eyes?

Personally, my eyes have always been light brown, with a change to hazel in the last 10 years. But my eyes also have a weird tendency to turn vivid green whenever I’m drunk, angry, or tired.

That’s all I really knew. Until I did some digging in order to write this article, of course.

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some interesting facts about green eyes, and presenting you with everything you need to know about this ocular anomaly!

So without further ado, let’s get to it.

Interesting Facts About Green Eyes

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1) Finland holds the record for the highest concentration of green-eyed people, at about 88 percent of the country’s population.

2) Ireland and Scotland follow close behind, with both green and blue eyes making up about 86 percent for both countries! (Eyesight Opticians)

3) For whatever reason, women are much more likely to have green eyes than men!

4) People with green eyes are far more likely to experience light sensitivity because of the lighter irises.

5) Besides blue eyes, green eyes have the lowest concentration of melanin.

6) There are as many as 16 genes that directly impact eye color.

7) Green eyes aren’t actually green. Wavelengths of light that hit light brown or amber-colored irises, along with Rayleigh scattering, are the cause for the green color.

8) Babies aren’t born with green eyes. Their eyes are either brown or blue, with the green appearance taking anywhere from 3 months to 3 years to manifest.

9) According to a study conducted in 2014 by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, females with lighter eyes experienced less sleep disturbance, anxiety, and pain during childbirth than the other group, which was made up of females with darker eye colors.

10) Hazel and green are different when it comes to eye colors, though they may look similar at times.

Animals with Green Eyes

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Did you know that humans aren’t the only species that can have green eyes? It’s true! There are many animals with green eyes in existence.

Here are a few of them:

1) Snakes

2) Cheetahs

3) Panthers

4) Domestic Cats

5) Frogs

6) Monkeys

7) Owls

8) Dogs

9) Turtles

10) Chameleons

Celebrities with Green Eyes

There are plenty of celebrities with green eyes in Hollywood, and I’ve curated a list of them below by male and female category.

Female Celebrities with Green Eyes

1) Jennifer Connolly

2) Emma Stone

3) Hayden Panettiere

4) Kate Hudson

5) Keri Russell

6) Kristen Stewart

7) Amanda Seyfried

8) Alicia Silverstone

9) Elizabeth Olsen

10) Julianne Moore

11) Scarlett Johansson

12) Lady Gaga

13) Lindsay Lohan

14) Rihanna

15) Angelina Jolie

Male Celebrities with Green Eyes

1) Paul Rudd

2) Jon Hamm

3) John Krasinski

4) Jude Law

5) Channing Tatum

6) Clive Owen

7) Joaquin Phoenix

8) Jesse Metcalfe

9) Keifer Sutherland

10) Dan Akyroyd

11) Jensen Ackles

12) Jared Padalecki

13) Gerard Butler

14) David Beckham

15) Harry Styles

Famous Redheads with Green Eyes

As you can probably guess, redheads alone are just as rare as green-eyed people. They make up only 1-2 percent of the world’s population.

Because of this, it is estimated that the number of people in the world with the elusive combination of red hair and hazel/green eyes totals less than 1 million- making it second only to the rarest combination, which is red hair and blue eyes.

Below is a list of famous redheads with green eyes who nailed that golden ratio!

1) Emma Stone

2) Lindsay Lohan

3) Drew Barrymore

4) Karen Gillan

5)  Laura Prepon

6) Maureen O’Hara

7) Felicia Day

8) Amy Yasbeck

9) Senta Berger

10) Gillian Anderson

Wrapping it Up

In a world whose population amounts to roughly 7.67 billion people, it’s worth mentioning the few who have rare physical features like green eyes that make them stand out. I hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about green eyes!

See you soon!