Though we take it for granted, the miracle of vision is one of the greatest gifts we have just by virtue of being members of the human race. Just simple things like seeing a deer in the wilderness, watching our favorite sports teams and viewing great works of art enrich our lives in absolutely immeasurable quantities.
Nevertheless, how much do we really know about these mysterious organs, the eyes that make all of these magical experiences possible?
Interesting facts about eyes that you probably didn’t know
- Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.
- The human eye can differentiate approximately 10 million different colors.
- Our eyes remain the same size throughout life, whereas our nose and ears never stop growing.
- The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year. This means if you were given a nickel for every time you blinked you would make $210,000 annually.
- Eyes are made up of over 2 million working parts.
- Each individual eye contains 107 million cells and all are light sensitive
- Your eye is the fastest muscle in your body. Hence, the phrase: “In the blink of an eye.”
- The world’s most common eye color is brown.
- Brown eyes are blue eyes underneath. Consequently, a person can receive surgery in order to make their brown eyes blue.
- “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” is a song recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle.
- The night vision of tigers is six times better than that of humans.
- Ommetaphobia is the fear of eyes.
- Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.
These are just a few of the countless facts to be learned about one of our bodies most complex and interesting organs.