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The color does vary. I think Kasey's (in the picture) are pretty light and the color ranges to very dark. As I recall, the Golden breed standard mentions eye color. I think it says dark is preferred but medium brown is acceptable. Our Zeke's eyes were a medium brown and I thought they were somewhat more expressive than the very dark eyes of some Goldens.
Sunfire's Amazing Grace, CGC, CCA, Pet Partner therapy dog, 9/12/2013 Zoe
, Rockwall Nantucket Breeze, BN, CGC, Delta therapy dog, 5/4/2008 - 10/28/2013 Zeke
, our introduction to the world of Golden Retrievers, 6/12/1997 - 12/18/2007