My eyes are hazel, or at least it says so on my driver's license. But I've noticed over the last few months, a few people have commented on my 'blue eyes.' When I told them no, they are hazel, those people have given me a weird look (like I was stupid or something). Today I was looking in the rear view mirror when I finally realized, my eyes really are looking rather blue now! THe formerly green edges are now grey blue edges and the amber brown parts in the centers have shrunk down and appear brighter. So my eyes have somewhat changed color now, and I'm not sure what color to even call them. Grey blue brown? Bluish hazel? Anyone else notice their eyes shifting color after going paleo?
Edited to add: And in case anyone might be tempted to assume I'm imagining things, such a result may not really be all that surprising considering scientists actually do not well understand what determines eye color but think it is likely in part related to the density of proteins in the stroma part of the eye: http://www.thetech.org/genetics/ask.php?id=232
This is talked about a lot at the Raw Paleo Diet Forum. I think they attribute it to the "raw" part, but maybe it's just the "paleo" part.
I think mine may be somewhat lighter. I haven't studied them in a long time, so I'm not sure. I'll have to get a second opinion.
My eyes changed from hazel to deep green. I went from vegetarian to paleo over the course of ten years, and noticed the changes very gradually. I was told by an iridologist that I now have a very smooth and unblemished iris texture, which I was told indicates good health generally.
I think that instead of actually changing colour, the reality is that the 'texture' changed, giving the appearance of colour change. Rather than having large central 'striations' of hazel now, my irises are hardly patterned at all and very smooth, as if the highlights of hazel have disappeared giving the appearance of darker eyes.
So this sounds very similar to your situation, yet in reverse: your 'patches' of darker hazel disappearing to give the impression of lighter blue eyes.
So, assuming that areas of the eye equate to parts of the body as iridologists claim, your eye changes could possibly indicate that any health problems you may have been experiencing in the areas where you had the patches have now been resolved.
My eyes are blue and I haven't noticed a change in them since going Paleo (but then I've only been Paleo for ten weeks), but I do know that when I have a sinus infection they take on this bizarre tint of green, almost like there's an overlay on them. I'm not talking about goo or anything coming out of them, but the actual color of my eyes. Maybe there's something to that protein idea and perhaps when I am ill there's a difference in the protein ratio(?) This doesn't happen when I'm sick any other way - just sinus infections - so there may be a relation since the infection is in proximity to my eyes. Of course, this is all just guesswork but you've got me wondering now too.
It is common for eye color to change (especially lighten) with age.
However, an eye color change (especially if sudden, dramatic, or only in one eye) can be a sign of an eye disease, so consider getting an eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
My eyes have bounced back and forth from Green to Hazel to Blue and every shade in-between... my whole life, not just my whole "paleo" life.
Because of the color my eyes are, it really depends on what I am around/wearing as to what color my eyes will "appear" to be. Green shirt = green eyes, blue shirt = blue eyes.
So really, my eyes are "all of the above". Since I wear lots of blue, my license says "Blue Eyes" anyway.
My eyes used to be green with brown patches near the pupils, and a few brown striations. I just looked at them, and the brown has largely faded to green, though not totally. I saw on the iridology chart that that would correlate with clearing up stomach issues - and the beginning of my paleo journey 8 months ago coincided with finding out that half my relatives have celiac's, and that I'm at least intolerant of gluten, if not full-blown CD. Not that I put a lot of stock in iridology since it appears to be totally unproven, but it's just interesting. I'll have to looke closely at my husband's eyes, his are green with some blue and yellow striations. Maybe he's lost the blue-yellow part.