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How to Change Your Eye Color Naturally

Updated on December 8, 2017
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Edmund has spent the last 10 years working in clinical research. He has written many articles on human anatomy and physiology.

Natural Eye Color Change
Natural Eye Color Change | Source

Your eye color is not as permanent as you would think, it could change at anytime. In fact, there is a good chance you were born with a different eye color from what you express today.

Eye colors are determined by interactions of several genes and other factors that scientists are still struggling to work out. A handful of people experience eye color changes at different stages of life, even into their adulthood. If you are one of those, then maybe your eyeballs have not settled down yet.

Before we get serious on how to change your eye color naturally, let see what the most desired eye color is.


What is your favorite eye color?

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Can You Change Your Eye Color?

There are lots of people who are not happy with their eye color. After chatting with many about this subject, it seems most people desire a lighter eye color, one that is lighter than what they have. It wouldn't surprise me if most people wished they had blue or green eyes in the above poll. Green and blue eyes are probably the most desired eye colors in the world. So can you really change your eye color? The short answer is yes. Can you change it permanently without any damage to your eyes? Probably not—as you'll see below many who tried aren't pleased with the end result.

Permanent Eye Color Change

There is no naturally way to permanently change your eye color, scientists haven’t figured that out yet. On the other hand, a physical injury amongst other things, can completely change a person's eye color.

Trauma to the Eye

Heterochromia in the iris of one eye
Heterochromia in the iris of one eye | Source

Accidents or incidents that involve trauma to the eyeball sometimes leave the victim with an undesired permanent eye color change. This type of eye condition is called Heterochromia; it leaves the patient with mismatch eyes. It is mainly due to hyper-pigmentation of the whole iris or sections of the iris, leading to partial or complete darkening of the affected eyeball. It is important to note that heterochromia can also occur naturally, either from birth or at some point in time after birth.

It is very worrisome to hear about victims of unauthorized surgical procedures performed by black market surgeons. A lot of questions are being raised over the effect of such operations on human health.

I once read a story of a 30 year old woman wanted to change her eye color permanently. She flew overseas where she spent thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgery. Colored discs were implanted in her eyeballs, a technique not approved by the FDA.

She started having problems after the operation and her sight began to deteriorate rapidly. The implants were later removed and she was fortunate to recover good visual acuity. However, the doctor said she suffered a deformed iris and a displaced pupil. These are permanent eye damages that she has to live with for the rest of her life.

Be nice to your eyes, you can’t get new ones

— the Author

Some Changes Can’t be Undone

A new technique that uses low-energy laser to change a brown eye color into blue has raised both medical and ethical questions (Medill News Service). The questions involve potential sides effects and the ethics of using such a procedure for cosmetic reasons.

The eye color change is permanent. This means that you can't get back your original eye color if for whatever reason you dislike the end result of the procedure. In short, these types of eye color changes are not worth the risk.

So How Do You Change Your Eye Color Naturally?

As already mentioned, there is no natural way to permanently change your eye color. After a lot of digging, I am going to share a few ways to change your eye color naturally, starting from the least practical to the most practical method.

These methods may not be as permanent as you’d like them to be but they are certainly a lot safer than surgical procedures.

1. Emotions

Believe it or not, some people claim their eye color changes with their emotions. In other words, they can express different eye colors depending on their mood. The iris and the pupil may be responsible for such changes.

Similar to the iris of a camera, the iris inside the eye controls the amount of light entering the eye by controlling the size of the pupil. Emotions can also trigger the iris to change the size of the pupil.

Extreme happiness, grieve or arousal can result to dilated pupils. Large pupils make the eyes appear darker, because the pupils are usually very black. The opposite happens when the pupil constricts.

This is clearly one of the most impractical methods to change your eye color. You can’t switch moods whenever you want. Don’t expect a lot more than subtle changes when trying to change your eye color using emotions.

2. Hypnosis

It is not completely clear how hypnosis could completely change one's eye color. I can only speculate that hypnosis affects one’s mood which in turn may lead to subtle changes in eye color.

This type of hypnosis is usually a once or twice a day self-hypnotic sessions which last for about two to three weeks. Some people claim they started seeing results as early as the third day.

Heads up! A few people tend to have nightmares after their hypnotherapy sessions. Make sure you are informed about the risks before getting into any hypnosis program.

Not a lot of studies have been performed to study the association between eye color and emotions or hypnosis. This is because it is extremely difficult to collect and analyze such data.

3. Makeup

Certain colors in your makeup can enhance your eye color. Choosing the right color of eye shadow for your eye color can be challenging. Just listen to Wayne, he knows a lot about makeup and how you can use it to enhance your eye color. He has lots of example for a variety of eye colors.

Change your eye color with contacts
Change your eye color with contacts | Source

4. Color Contacts

This is the most practical way of changing your eye color. Color contacts have been around for a long time. The results you get from color contacts are instantaneous and amazing. You just need to put them in when you need them and take them out when you don’t need them anymore.

An extra price to pay for such amazing results is the discomfort that comes with wearing and removing the contact lenses. To be on the safe side, do not borrow contacts or use them without discussing it first with your doctor.

Final Thoughts

Poll: Have you ever applied any kind of technique to change your eye color?

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We all have to recognize that not a lot of what we see in magazines is real. In fact, some of it can be harmful. So don’t get too carried away and become more susceptible to any of the infinite ways the media uses to control the way we view ourselves.


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      Zoe 5 months ago

      I have dark green eyes :I so people usually don´t notice my eye color only when there´s some light in my face people are like ´´´Wait u have green eyes :OO i never noticed!´´ :c i want light green eyes T_T

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      Ashlyn 5 months ago

      I have emerald green eyes but I've always wondered what I would look like with light blue eyes. I probably will try contacts

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      Caitlin 7 months ago

      My eyes are weird. I always thought I had brown eyes, but my friends tell me they're golden or amber. They honestly used to be dark brown, but got lighter as I aged. They get a sort of a creamy green tint whenever I cry, and when I look into the light they get lighter. I must say that I have gotten more content with my eye color. I no longer wish for blue eyes, only to enhance my natural colors.

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      GalaxyRat 7 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      I have hazel eyes, and I kinda wish they were green. But, I'll try contacts. Maybe...

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      Haz 12 months ago

      Heads up, I've been using hypnosis videos on YouTube. Channel name Quadible Intergrity. Watch Jen Nj's video for her journey from brown to green eyes!

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      petra 17 months ago

      Im using subliminals for gold eyes