Researchers at the University of Vermont used a genetic database of more than 10,000 people with at least one mental illness. The majority of those in the genetic database were black or European Americans. Many in the sample had more than one mental health disorder, such as:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Alcohol Use Disorder
- Substance Use Disorder
"This suggests an intriguing possibility that eye color can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis," said study co-author Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biological sciences at the University of Vermont.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics (Part B).