6 Health Problems You're More & Less Prone To If You Have Brown Eyes

Your eyeballs can have quite a few health problems, all on their own. So it's important to monitor your vision for changes, and see an eye doctor if anything feels out of the ordinary. But depending on your eye color, you might also be prone to certain health issues, both related and unrelated to the actual eye itself.

Let's take brown eyes, for example. Since darker eyes have more melanin, or pigment, in them than blue or green eyes, they do a really good job of filtering out damaging UV rays from the sun, which can help protect against certain eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration. But the very fact brown eyes don't let in much light can also increase your risk for other health issues. Genetics may play a role, here, in regard to the health problems you might experience, if you have darker eyes.

It doesn't, however, mean that you're guaranteed to have specific health problems, simply because you have brown eyes. "Genetics do have an impact on our predisposition of a disease but ultimately do not determine our fate," world-renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ming Wang, tells Bustle. "Genetics do put certain individuals at higher risk than others in the population. A healthy lifestyle including exercise, eating an antioxidant rich diet, and wearing sunscreen are factors which can help reduce risk of certain diseases including cataract, macular degeneration, and skin cancer." With that in mind, here are a few health issues you might be more prone to if you have brown eyes, according to experts.