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Eye Color

Very simply stated, the color of your eyes depends on your genes, which you inherit from your parents. Eye color comes from a combination of a black and a yellow pigment called melanin in the iris of your eye.

An increasing proportion of the yellow melanin, in combination with the black melanin, results in shades of colors between brown and blue, including green and hazel.

Helpful Eye Health Links

American Optometric Association (AOA):

The American Optometric Association represents approximately 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

National Eye Institute:

As part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind."

Web MD Eye Care Center:

Good eye health and eye care are crucial to protect your sight, prevent common eye disorders, and treat eye problems early. How does the eye work? Learn about the anatomy of the eye, including the parts of the eye such as the cornea. See a diagram of a human eye. Find out about eye diseases, contagious conditions such as pinkeye, and how to tell if you have good -- or bad -- vision.

Women's Eye Health:

The mission of Women’s Eye is to educate people regarding those eye diseases that are intrinsically more prevalent in women, occur more often in women because women live longer than men, and are exacerbated by nutritional habits, smoking and/or environmental factors.

New York Times Health Guide:

The New York Times presents a comprehensive library of eye health and other medical topics, including in-depth articles on diseases, conditions, tests, symptoms, injuries and surgeries. The encyclopedic reference is frequently updated and reviewed by doctors, medical writers and editors.

Eye Smart:

The EyeSmart™ public awareness campaign empowers Americans to take charge of their eye health. EyeSmart emphasizes the need for Americans to know their risk factors for eye diseases, infections and injuries, and how ophthalmologists can help prevent, diagnose and treat eye conditions.

All About Vision:

Providing consumers with an independent source of trustworthy information on eye health and vision correction options.