- Your eyes are composed of more than 2 million working parts.
- We all have microscopic creatures lurking in our eyelashes.
- The average person blinks 12 times per minute – about 10,000 blinks on an average day.
- Color blindness is more common in males, about 1 in 10 have some form. In the most common type of color blindness, individuals have trouble telling the difference between red and green.
- Only 1/6 of your eye is exposed to the outside world. It is 2.5 cm in length and weighs about 7 grams.
- The muscles that move the eye are the strongest relative to their size in the body.
- Your eyes begin to develop 2 weeks after conception.
- Your eyelashes act like windshields to catch dust and debris before they reach your eyeball.
- At birth your eyes are about 70% of their adult size, but your ears and nose never stop growing.
- The entire length of all the eyelashes shed by a human in their life is over 98 feet.
- The older we are the less tears we produce.
- When you blink, you shut your eyes for 0.3 seconds. That’s a total of 30 minutes each day!
The following are some of the most common eye myths.
Myth: Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.
Myth: You can wear your eyes out.
Fact: Eyes do not wear out. You can use them as much as you want!
Myth: NEVER sit too close to the TV.
Fact: There is no scientific evidence that sitting too close to the TV is bad for your eyes.
Myth: If you need glasses, your eyes are not healthy.
Fact: Wearing eyeglasses has nothing to do with eye health, but with normal changes in parts of your eyes.
Myth: There is no need to check your yes until you are in our 40s and 50s.
Fact: Eye disease can happen any time. That is why yearly eye exams are important at any age.
Myth: If you eat carrots, you will have good eyesight.
Fact: The vitamin A in carrots helps eyes function well, but it is just one important factor for good eyesight.
Myth: Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals.
Fact: The English optician Samuel Pierce invented bifocals around 1775.
Vision is not something that should be taken for granted. Care for your eyes by receiving annual eye exams to ensure a life filled with beautiful sights.
Dr. Megan Tester