If you have green eyes, then congratulations! You are one of only about 2% of the world’s population who has them. Considering this, it is not that surprising that green eyes tend to be so alluring.
The colour of your eye depends on how much of the pigment melanin you have in your iris. The more you have, the darker your eyes. For green eyes, it is the balance of melanin and another pigment lipochrome that creates the rare colour. A low amount of melanin catered with a moderate or high amount of lipochrome will result in light or yellowish green eyes. If you have higher amounts of melanin then you are more likely to have dark green or brown-green eyes. And if you have low melanin and no lipochrome, then you will be sporting some baby blues!
So now you know the science behind green eyes but what about the genetics? It was previously believed that eye colour came down to two genes (one from each parent) and that whatever eye colour was dominant would be the colour of the child’s. So, for example, if one parent has brown eyes and the other has blue, the dominant brown eye gene would give the child brown eyes. This, however, has clearly proven to be false; in fact, up to 16 genes can affect your eye colour. So two parents with brown eyes can still have a child with bright green eyes (so, yes, all races are capable of having green eyes!).
Green Eyes are Evil
Finally, I’ll leave you lucky green-eyed ladies and gents with some good old superstitions! Have you ever noticed that a lot of the “evil” characters in Disney movies seem to have green eyes? It may not be a coincidence. There are old myths told that green eyes meant you concealed an evil spirit. Many of the original vampire stories told of vampires with glowing green eyes. Of course, there are also beliefs that green eyes represent an “old soul”. So whether you want to believe any of that or not, what you can believe is that you are the proud owner of some rare, beautiful eyes.