The eyes are extremely complex organs and through their ceaseless work, we are given the ability to see. I am always amazed to learn new facts about the eyes and explore their various properties. Below are some interesting eye facts that you may not know, but are sure to amaze you and compel you to think about these intricate organs.
• The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the whole body.
• The eye can process 36,000 bits of information every hour and in a normal lifespan you will see almost 24 million images of the world around you.
• It is physically impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (Try it!)
• Each of our eyelashes has a life span of approximately five months.
• Everyone is colorblind at birth.
• Babies cry but don’t produce tears until they’re one to three months old.
• An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
• The giant squid has the largest eyeball of any animal on the earth. At 18 inches across, it’s about the size of a beach ball!
• Only about 1/6th of your eyeball is external of the body
• An ant has two eyes, but each is made up of many smaller eyes. This is called a “compound eye.”
• Dogs cannot tell the difference between red and green.
Did YOU Know:
Sir Arthur saw things to be smaller than they actually were when he suffered migraine attacks. This inspired the idea of Alice seeing things smaller than they are in the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland.
Discovering new facts about the eyes reminds me to appreciate the gift of sight. All of your optometrists at Doctors Vision Center are dedicating to ensuring your eyes are healthy so you can continue to enjoy the beautiful sights and views life has to offer. Stayed tuned for more interesting eye care facts.
Dr. Megan Tester