Our eyes are not just the window to our soul, they can also tell a lot about our health and personality. In fact, a person’s overall health can actually be learned by looking at the eyes.

Would you like to know what your eye color reveals about your health and personality?

Here are 9 Things Your Eye Color Says About Your Health and Personality:

Your Health:

1. People with light eyes are less like to have vitiligo

If your eyes are either blue, green or gray, you are less likely to have vitiligo, an autoimmune disease which causes blotchy skin. A study conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine traced about 3,000 people and the results showed that people with light eyes are significantly less likely to have vitiligo. Among the vitiligo patients, 43 per cent has dark eyes, 30 per cent had green or hazel colored eyes and 27 per cent had blue or gray eyes.

9 Things Your Eye Color Says About Your Health and Personality
People with light eyes are less likely to have vitiligo.

2. People with dark eyes are less likely to develop melanoma

If you have dark eyes (brown or black), you are less likely to have melanoma. Richard A. Spritz, MD, director of the genomics programs at the University of Colorado School of Medicine said that considering genetics, genes that protect against melanoma and those that simply dictate the amount and type of pigment you’re given are associated.

3. People with light eyes are prone to macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease that is caused by the deteroriation of the central portion of the retina, a part of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. It is now the leading cause of vision loss among Americans. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is more common to Caucasians who are also more likely to have light eyes. While there is no direct causal link between AMD and having light colored eyes, there could be an association.

4. People with dark eyes are more likely to develop cataract later in life

If you have dark-colored eyes, you are more likely to develop cataracts when you get older. A study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology revealed that people with dark colored eyes have about 1.5 to 2.5 time greater risk of cataracts than people with light colored eyes. No need to be too worried, however, if you have dark eyes as you can protect your eyes from ultraviolet light by wearing dark glasses when you are exposed to sunlight.

5. Changing colors may mean a serious health issue

A change in the color of the eye maybe an indication of a serious health issue. If your eyes turn red, it may be a sign of irritation or infection. If your eyes turn yellow, it may be a sign of a liver problem. When you notice a sudden change in the colors of your eyes, you need to see a physician as soon as possible.

9 Things Your Eye Color Says About Your Health and Personality

6. Women with light eyes can withstand pain much better.

In 2014, a study which was conducted by an anesthesiology professor Inna Belfer, MD, PhD, revealed that women with light eyes may have a higher tolerance for pain and discomfort. The study involved a group of women who were observed before and after giving birth and the women with darker eyes were observed to have more sleep disturbances and had more anxiety. Women with darker eyes were also observed to have more sensitivity to pain.

Your personality

1. People with light eyes are more competitive

A group of Australian researchers asked about 300 participants of white European descent. They were asked to answer questionnaires that would reveal their personalities. The participants who had light eyes were found to have less agreeable and more competitive personalities, as opposed to the participants who had darker eyes which were found to generally show generosity, friendliness and empathy.

2. People with dark eyes are often considered more trustworthy

A study published in PLOS ONE revealed that people with dark eyes seemed more trustworthy than people with light eyes. Researchers asked more than 200 participants to rate photographs of men with different eyes colors. The results showed that brown-eyed people have more trustworthy faces than blue-eyed ones. The result was consistent even when they digitally changed the color of the eyes.

3. People with dark eyes drink less alcohol

Do your blue-eyed friends drink more than you? This actually has an explanation. A study in the Georgia State University surveyed 12,000 men and women and the results revealed that those with light eyes actually drank more alcohol and were more likely to have problems with alcohol abuse. If the color of the eye correlates with the sensitivity of a person to alcohol, it may mean that people with dark eyes are more sensitive alcohol and may get more tipsy than people who have light eyes. However, more research is need to determine whether there is a causal relationship between the two.

If the amount of melanin in the eye (dark-eyed people have more) correlates with the amount of melanin in the brain, it could mean dark-eyed people are more sensitive to stimuli like alcohol, which means they may get tipsy off less alcohol than light-eyed people do.

Sources: MSN, Prevention