What color will my child’s eyes be? Will they have this particular color forever?
“Often in the first weeks of life, parents usually ask obstetricians and pediatricians what the definitive color of their babies’ eyes is. To answer, taking a bit of anatomy, we can say that the eyes of each of us are made up of three parts “comments the doctor.
These three parts are:
- the sclera, the white part,
- the pupil, the central hole, is black
- the iris, which surrounds the pupil
“The iris it is to be considered the moderator of light of our eyes and the one who also determines its color. The latter in particular depends on the amount of melanin present inside: the more melanin is present in the iris, the more the dark eye.
However, it must be borne in mind that, during uterine life, the fetus is predominantly in a dimly lit environment. Light shines through in small quantities through the mother’s abdomen and this results in a poor production of melanin, Immediately after birth, the newborn is instead exposed to a bright environment which, however, it is hoped to be the most respectful of the event itself. It is the first time that melanocytes have been prompted to produce melanin. Most babies have an indefinite eye color from gray, green, blue, which will tend to change only once melanin production has stabilized.
Others, on the other hand, have brown eyes from birth and these will tend to keep the color even afterwards. Having said that, the first 12 months of life are in the maximum term that we take into consideration to then have a definitive eye color. So the parents are left with nothing but wait for the first year of their babies’ life trying to fully enjoy the many shades of color that their gaze gives us every day “concludes the expert.