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Doctor insights on: Why Are Blue Eyes More Sensitive To Light

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Are blue eyes more sensitive to light?

Are blue eyes more sensitive to light?

Yes: Blue eyes have less pigment in the iris and therefore transmit light to the retina easier, increasing light exposure and sensitivity. Not all blue-eyed people are abnormally sensitive to light. Adaptation can happen, as well as the wearing of sun glasses for protection and comfort. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Light Sensitivity (Definition)

Light sensitivity or photophobia means when the bright light or sun bothers your eye. This can be from very dry eye with cornea surface issue, corneal scratch or ulcer, and eye inflammation from iritis. This happens due to iris spasm. Iris is like an aperture of camera open and close based ...Read more


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Are people with blue eyes more sensitive to light?

Are people with blue eyes more sensitive to light?

Yes in my experience: I don't have any scientific data to support me, but my blue eyed patients seem to report more sensitivity to light than those patients with brown eyes. ...Read more

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Why are blue eyes more sensitive to sunlight?

Why are blue eyes more sensitive to sunlight?

Yes: The iris is a barrier with an expandable hole in the middle through which light passes to the retina. Its function depends on blocking all light that doesn't enter the hole. All iris pigments leak a little light, called "straylight, " causing glare and mildly decreasing visual acuity. Blue pigment happens to leak the most light. Of more consequence is blue-eyed individual's skin photosensitivity. ...Read more

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Are blue eyes or brown eyes more sensitive to sunlight?

Are blue eyes or brown eyes more sensitive to sunlight?

Either: Patients with both blue and brown eyes can be sensitive to light, although, in general, people with lighter eyes tend to be a bit more light sensitive. ...Read more

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Is it true that people with blue eyes are more sensative sunlight?

Is it true that people with blue eyes are more sensative sunlight?

Generally true: Blue eyes let a little more light in and sensitivity is more possible. Brown eyes block light better. Another issue is the pupil size which can vary independently of the iris color. ...Read more

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How to make my blue eyes even brighter?

How to make my blue eyes even brighter?

Indirectly: Eyes are considered a part of the personality. If your eyes are blue to begin with, and you have an outgoing, warm relationship to others, they will attribute that in part to your bright blue eyes. There are contacts which can enhance eye coloration and if your eyes are red, or squinty, that will make the blue seem less obvious. ...Read more

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Could blue eyes be dominate over brown?

Could blue eyes be dominate over brown?

Generally not: Brown eyes dominate over blue. While eye color inheritance is somewhat mixed, if the only colors in question are strongly blue and strongly brown, then brown dominates. This means of the two genes for any one characteristic, in this case brown, if you have one brown (the other can be either), your eyes will be brown. You would require two blue genes to get blue eyes. ...Read more

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What are ways to make blue eyes brighter?

What are ways to make blue eyes brighter?

Blue Eyes : The most natural way to enhance the blueness of blue eyes is a good and optimistic attitude in life. Be excited about all you do. You adrenal glands then produce adrenaline, which in turn makes the pupil dilate and the eyes appear brighter. Assumption is made that the eyes are otherwise healthy. Dilating the pupils with drops is not a good idea, because vision becomes very blurry. ...Read more

Sensitive To Light (Definition)

Light sensitivity means that you react to and are more effected by changes in ...Read more


Blue Sclera (Definition)

The white outer layer of the eyeball can have a blue hue. One possible ...Read more