December 23, 2015
We’d like to celebrate our fascinating eyes by sharing with you some fun eye trivia. Here are a few interesting facts about your eyes that you may not know!
1. If your eyes are blue, you share a common ancestor with every other blue-eyed individual in the world. Early humans all had brown eyes, until someone developed a genetic mutation that made their eyes blue.
2. Eyes use about 65 percent of our brainpower, more than any other part of the body. Proof that the eye is one of the most complex organs we have!
3. “Red eye” in photos occurs when light from a camera flash bounces off the back of the eye. The choroid layer at the back of the eye is rich in blood vessels. Light reflecting off of it makes the eye appear red!
4. Newborns don’t produce tears. Babies may make crying sounds, but actual tears don’t start flowing until they are between four and 13 weeks old.
5. The muscles that control your eyes are the most active out of all the muscles in your body. Your eyes are constantly making tiny jerking movements called “microsaccades.” Even when you think you’re staring at something unflinchingly, your eyes are actually moving involuntarily.
6. Eyes see an average of 24 million different images in a lifetime. 24 million! Take it all in.
Our eyes are far more impressive than we know. Scientists and researchers are discovering amazing new things about our eyes and bodies every day! We can all care for our vision and whole body health by eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and protecting ourselves from harmful substances and activities.
Thank you for your continued loyalty to our practice. We love our patients!
Lisa Gupton brought her family into Precision Eye Group so that she, her husband, and their three kids could all get their eyes checked. Little did they know that at the end of the appointment, all five of them would be leaving with glasses!
The eyes play an important role in child development, which is why it’s critical to understand the need for comprehensive eye examinations for children—starting as young as 6-12 months old. Over time, a child’s eyes change in different ways. And when you consider that nearly 80% of learning occurs visually, it’s easy to see why vision health is so important to young, developing brains.
Spring brings a lot of things to mind: Flowers, sunshine, outdoor sports, cookouts, warm weather, and, unfortunately, allergy season. As everyone moves outside with all these wonderful things the warm weather brings, the unlucky majority has to determine how we are going to cope with the itching, sneezing season.