Philip Walsh - Why Does Our Eye Colour Change?

Publish Date
Friday, 12 August 2016, 3:09PM
By Philip Walsh

People may start to see changes in their eye colour as they get older. This occurs because the pigment of the iris begins to break down, resulting in a lighter colour. However, the darker the iris, the less likely this is to occur.

There are also several conditions that can change the colour of the eyes, such as Fuchs’ Heterochromic Uveitis. This is an inflammation of the front part of the eye and will usually change the colour in the affected eye.

Interestingly, women also commonly witness changes in their eye colour during pregnancy.

If you experience any sudden changes to your eye colour or have any concerns about your eye health, talk to your local Specsavers optometrist or visit

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