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*We’ve all heard the saying, the eyes are the window to the soul. Well according to Rachel Bishop, MD, chief of the consult service section of the National Eye Institute, your eye color can reveal a lot more.

For example, every wonder why your specific hazel hue looks so vastly different from your daughter’s? It’s because  there’s more than a single gene involved. Plus, your eye color could dictate your risk for certain diseases and even predict your body’s tolerance for alcohol.

For instance – Did you know that dark-eyed people are more likely to have cataracts?

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A  study published in the year 2000 in the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that dark-eyed people had a 1.5 to 2.5 times greater risk of cataracts: a cloudy substance that appears over the pupil of the eye, or a clouding of the vision common with aging. And people with dark eyes are said to be at greater risk.

To help prevent cataracts you can protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. But researchers recommend dark-eyed sunbathers take particular caution, like wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim for starters.

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