Who should you expect to show stronger red-eye effect?

blue-eyed people
brown-eyed people
elders
there is no difference
The iris plays no role in the effect, but the blue-eyed people have rel­a­tive­ly low melanin in the fundus as well. There­fore, they show a much stronger red-eye effect, as the light passing fundus is not absorbed by melanin. The role of melanin in red-eye effect is nicely demon­strat­ed in case of het­e­rochro­mia (one eye blue, one brown): typ­i­cal­ly, only the blue eye displays the effect.

Answers distribution

blue-eyed people
brown-eyed people
elders
there is no difference
answers
flagCanada
72%
11%
0%
16%
18
flagItaly
70%
11%
0%
17%
17
flagGermany
69%
8%
0%
22%
68
flagPoland
57%
14%
1%
26%
5029
flagthe United Kingdom
56%
13%
2%
27%
143
flagthe United States
54%
19%
2%
23%
210
flagIndia
50%
16%
4%
27%
61
flagFrance
50%
25%
0%
25%
12
flagUnknown
48%
20%
4%
28%
25
flagthe Netherlands
38%
0%
0%
61%
13

Gender

men54%
women62%
blue-eyed people
54%
62%
brown-eyed people
17%
14%
elders
1%
0%
there is no difference
26%
22%

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Author: Kantapat Rassamee
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