How Rare/ Common Is Golden Amber Eyes And Light Amber Eyes?

    How Rare/ Common Is Golden Amber Eyes And Light Amber Eyes?

    How Rare/ Common Is Golden Amber Eyes And Light Amber Eyes?

    The first thing people notice about you is your eyes. We all hope that our eye color is something that makes us stand out, but what if you have golden amber eyes or light amber eyes;

    Will it make you stand out even more, or will it just make people wonder why your eyes are different; And if so, how rare/ common are these shades of amber eyes;

    The biology behind eye color

    The color of your iris (the part of your eye that determines how much light enters) depends on melanin, a pigment made by cells called melanocytes.

    These cells produce a yellow-brown pigment called melanin and two reddish pigments known as pheomelanin. The amount of each pigment in your iris determines what color it appears to be.

    For example, someone with brown eyes has large amounts of eumelanin and pheomelanin. People with green or blue eyes only have small amounts of pheomelanin, so they tend to be darker than most brown or hazel irises because melanin makes up most of their pigmentation.

    Amber eyes are a bit more complicated: They’re usually a combination of brown and green which means there’s still some melanin present but sometimes they’re all pheomelanin.

    That’s why some people with amber eyes can have bright green ones while others have dark brown ones. So, where does gold come into play; Gold is considered an unusual shade for eye color. Still, it doesn’t fall under any specific category like blue or green.

    It’s usually defined as having some red mixed in with other colors, including orange, yellow, gold, or even white!

    What conditions contribute to Amber Eyes?

    An imperfection causes Amber Eyes in a gene that produces typically eye color pigment, called melanin.

    They aren’t necessarily a serious condition, but they can lead to problems that affect your vision. Amber Eyes can be hard to detect until you start school or socialize with other children.

    At first glance, they appear very similar to light brown eyes. Still, upon closer inspection, you will notice a slight yellowish tint at their outer rims. In more extreme cases, these imperfections also extend to darker shades of brown or black around your pupil.

    Amber Eyes are generally considered relatively uncommon, and it’s difficult to predict how frequently they occur. It depends on which region of the world you live in and which ethnicity you belong to.

    Most humans have dark brown eyes, so if yours is one shade lighter than most people’s, it may indicate something wrong with them.

    A good rule of thumb is that if your Amber Eyes seem unusual enough for someone else to comment on them, something might be wrong!

    Do all blondes have blue eyes, and dark hair means brown eyes?

    Nope. I know it’s tempting to assume that we all have blue or brown eyes because so many of us do, but eye color isn’t an absolute thing. People with green, hazel, grey or even gold-flecked eyes are considered blue-eyed blondes.

    The same goes for other hair colors there can be blondes with red hair, strawberry blonde locks, and even silver-haired blonde. Like eye color (and everything else about us), our hair coloring varies widely based on genetics. 

    The genetics of Amber Eyes

    Amber eyes appear when a person’s irises (the colored part of their eye) are dark brown or black with a tint of yellow, and their pupils are black.

    A combination of genetics causes Amber’s eye color. The body produces melanin pigment, which can vary depending on your heritage, environment, and lifestyle.

    Other factors that can change your eye color include exposure to UV rays, smoking, age, and injury to your eyes. Researchers have identified several genes that help determine your natural hair and eye color.

    These genes are found on chromosome 15 near regions linked to pigmentation disorders such as albinism and ocular albinism.

    Eye color; What’s in a name?

    If you’re familiar with scientific terminology, you may have heard of irises, corneas, or sclera. This post won’t use those terms instead, we’ll focus on a lesser-known color classification known as melanin types.

    It turns out that people with golden amber eyes have a higher concentration of one type of melanin (called pheomelanin) than another (eumelanin).

    Though there are exceptions, pheomelanin tends to result in lighter hair colors think strawberry blonde versus deep brown and can give your skin a reddish glow. If that happens to sound like your eye color, it’s possible!

    Genetics as they relate to eye color

    Everyone has two genes that control eye color: one from their mother and one from their father. The genes for blue eyes are dominant, meaning that if you have just one of these genes, you will have blue eyes. The same goes for brown.

    But what about green or hazel; Those colors fall somewhere in between blue and brown on a spectrum known as a continuous trait. This means that any combination of gene variants can produce those colors and we know of dozens. What does all of this mean? Simply put, there’s no way to predict your child’s eye color based on yours alone.

    So why do some babies end up with lighter-colored eyes than others; As it turns out, most cases of lighter-colored eyes come down to genetics.

    If your parents both have blue eyes but one of them carries a recessive version of an eye color gene variant not found in either parent (called an allele). There’s a chance your baby could inherit that allele and pass it along to their children someday. It may not sound very easy, but it isn’t! 


    The color of our eyes is highly unpredictable but typically results from a combination of genetic factors. The combination of melanin and how much pigment we have determines how dark or light our irises are, as well as if we have an opportunity to inherit eye colors like green or blue.

    People with lighter hair tend to have more delicate irises (and vice versa), so those who don’t fit into these categories can often be surprised by what they inherit from their parents! Because your genes are in charge of your eye color, there’s no sure way to guarantee you will pass down a specific eye color.