It's probably safe to assume that most of us have never connected our baby blues (or greens or browns) with an increased risk of skin cancer or a heightened athletic ability. But believe it or not, there's actually substantial research that correlates eye color with a variety of health traits—and in some cases, potential risks.
Certain iris colors are tied to an increased chance of developing skin issues like vitiligo and melanoma, for example, while others are associated with a greater tolerance for pain. Curious what your own eye color says about your health? Keep scrolling to find out.
You're also more likely to be sensitive to alcohol, albeit less likely to become dependent on it (which makes sense, since you theoretically need to drink less in order to feel it). In a 2015 study of more than 1200 people, researchers found that those with light eyes were 54% more likely than those with dark eyes to develop a dependence on alcohol. A 2001 study, on the other hand, found that people with dark eyes exhibited the effects of inebriation more quickly than their light-eyed counterparts.
But perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of all this eye-related research is what your irises say about your athletic ability—and in that case, those with dark eyes may have the upper hand: A 1978 study suggests that those with brown eyes had significantly sharper reflexes than those with lighter eyes. And while some experts argue that the research is somewhat limited and outdated, it still counts for bragging rights, yes?
Regardless of the health forecast, as far as we're concerned, you should play up whatever color you've got. Shop our favorite eye makeup picks below.
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