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24 Awesome Facts About Our Eyes

The human eye is one of the more complex and beautiful parts/organs of the body. It has so much going on as well as developing differently than the rest of the population. Everyone’s eyes, like fingerprints, are different and unique in their own special way. Knowing more about our eyes can also help us understand what our eyes and eyesight does over time. We rely on these small things in our head, but never really think about the complexity as well as importance to everything we do as humans.


Here are 24 awesome facts about our eyes that everyone should know.


  • According to scientists, it is thought that eyes in living things have been around for around 550 million years.
  • Technically speaking, we see with our brains and not our eyes because the eyes are like cameras and they send images to the brain to decipher and help us “see” what we are looking at.
  • It is possible for the brain to unconsciously blink the eyes 5 times in a second.
  • The phrase “in the blink of an eye” comes from the fact that the eyes are the fastest muscle in our body, which leads to the next fact that…
  • A blink is around 125 milliseconds long.
  • The red eyes seen in photos when taking pictures of people is caused by the camera flash bouncing off of the capillaries in the eyes.
  • For all you camera nerds, if the human eye was a camera, each picture would have 576 megapixels.
  • We blink, on average, about 4.2 million times a year.
  • If we had one eye, we would have no concept of depth perception.
  • Eyes heal really quick, almost heal the fastest out of the whole body.
  • The most common eye color in the whole world is the color brown.
  • All people with blue eyes share an ancestor with every other person with blue eyes.
  • Diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health conditions can be detected during an eye exam.
  • Under the right conditions and lighting, the human eye can see a candle lit 14 miles away.
  • The term heterochromia is used to refer to when a person has two different eye colors.
  • Your eyes start to develop at around 2 weeks after conception.
  • As you grow older, your nose and ears grow continuously while your eyes remain the same size for your entire life.
  • All babies are color blind and have no real concept of color when they are born.
  • Males are more prone to colorblindness.
  • All newborn babies cry but do not produce tears because a baby can not produce tears until they are around 6 weeks old.
  • As we get older, we start to produce less and less tears.
  • Blind people who were not born blind but developed blindness can see perfectly in their dreams.
  • The eyelashes attached to your eyelid last for about 5 months at a time.
  • Your eyelashes are used to help keep dirt and dust out of your eyes.



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