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Eyes: 11 Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know

Take a look around you right now. Take in all the col­ors, the shad­ows, the shapes, and the move­ments. The sense of sight is pret­ty amaz­ing and most of us don’t give our vision a sec­ond thought until some­thing goes wrong. So in show­ing some respect for our eyes, here are some fun facts about eyes.

  • From the day you are born, your eyes stay the same size through­out your life.
  • Some evo­lu­tion­ary pro­tec­tives traits that humans have devel­oped are that our eyes are posi­tioned in hol­lowed eye sock­ets to help pro­tect from trau­ma, our eye­brows keep sweat away, and our eye­lash­es keep dirt and small par­ti­cles out.
  • The devel­op­ment of eyes in liv­ing organ­isms can be traced back 550 mil­lion years to sin­gle-celled organ­isms that had pho­tore­cep­tor pro­teins as “eyes”.
  • An eye can­not be trans­plant­ed due to the large num­ber of nerve fibers that con­nect it to the brain.
  • The human iris has 256 unique char­ac­ter­is­tics mak­ing reti­nal scan­ning pop­u­lar for secu­ri­ty.
  • Corneas are the only tis­sue in the human body that are not con­nect­ed to the blood sup­ply.
  • Het­e­rochro­mia is the con­di­tion in which an indi­vid­ual has two dif­fer­ent col­ored eyes.
  • The human eye can dis­tin­guish between more than 10 mil­lion col­ors.
  • Babies are unable to pro­duce tears until they are between 4 and 13 weeks old.
  • Blink­ing occurs about 12 times per minute.
  • Over half of the brain is involved in pro­cess­ing what we see.

For the sec­ond most com­plex organ in the human body, the eyes are capa­ble of some pret­ty extra­or­di­nary things. Take the time to appre­ci­ate your vision and how much your eyes play a role in your every­day life!

March 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Eyes: 11 Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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