A 47-year-old member asked:
can eye color change?
5 doctor answers • 12 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes when young: Usually eye color is determined by about age 6 months. However, i had a patient whose eye color changed at age 6 years. I can't remember whether it was green to blue or vice versa.
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Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Unusual: Eye color change in adults can signal a specific type of glaucoma. But very often, it seems that the eye color lightens, but this is due to haze in the cornea that can come with aging.
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Ophthalmology 50 years experience
Pathological: Other answers can be from chronic inflammation that may be subclinical and destroy iris pigment making it appear lighter. If one is getting darker this can represent tumor enlarging either benign or malignant. This needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
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Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
No: The color of the eye can change with contact lenses, but physiologically no. It may change gradually with time.
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Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Not much: There are a few eye drops that can darken the eyes, especially if they are hazel in color. There is no known way to lighten the eye color (except for contact lenses).
Rarely, a cancer of the eye, severe inflammatiion or extreme pressure in the eye can cause a change in color.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
What causes peoples eye color to change?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 59 years experience
Eye color: Some children with blue or hazel eyes can have some darkening with variable amounts of brown as they age. If there are similar changes in both eyes, it is usually normal. If one darkens and the other doesn't, that should be checked.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Can eye color change progressively over time?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Very little: After the adult color comes in at around age 2, the color is generally very stable from that point on. The color can be altered by certain diseases of the eye interior, a few pharmacologic agents and cornea conditions which mask the iris color. If you think this is happening see your ophthalmologist.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Can you please explain why some peoples eye color change and some peoples eye color doesn't?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
No real change...: In general, eye color does not change other than in newborns. However certain eye conditions can give this appearance and should be looked into by an eye doctor. In addition, sometimes hazel colored eyes can give the illusion of looking more blue, green or brown depending on what color clothing surrounds them.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
What would cause eye color to change and dull at the age of 23?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Examination: You need to go see an physician. I can't think of good things that make your eyes change color and become dull.
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Last updated Mar 1, 2019
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