Philip Walsh - Is it normal for my eye colour to change?

Publish Date
Friday, 19 January 2018, 12:01PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

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

About Philip 

Philip is an experienced optometrist with a Bachelor of Optometry from Auckland University. He’s worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and is now the Optometrist Director at the Specsavers New Lynn store in Auckland, one of 52 Specsavers stores across the country. 

Improving access for all Kiwis to high-quality eye care and eyewear is Philip’s passion. What he loves about his role at Specsavers is providing all his patients with excellent customer service and professional eye care with the latest technology and knowledgeable well-trained staff.

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