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Dear Sugar
I have extremely dark eyes and they change color all the time. They are mainly dark brown, but sometimes when I look in the mirror, I can't see a difference between my pupil and my iris. Is that normal? Starry Eyed Elizabeth


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Dear Starry Eyed Elizabeth
There is no such thing as having black colored eyes, but many people have such a dark brown color that they can appear black. A person's eye color is primarily determined by the amount and localization of the pigment melanin on the front of the iris. If someone has a lot of melanin present, the iris will appear dark brown or even black.

Although some people think their eyes change color, it has been proven that the iris in fact does not change at all. Since eye color is created from the reflection of ambient light from the structure of the iris, your eyes can appear to be a different color depending upon the clothing you wear or your surroundings, but the core color remains the same.

When people get angry or stressed out, their eye color can appear a different color as well due to a change in the distribution and/or density of melanin on the iris. In conclusion, you really have dark brown eyes. I hope that you find this information helpful.

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