FUN Facts About the Human Eye

We take our eyes for granted.

Vision is one of the most amazing gifts we are given. The simple things like seeing a rainbow after a thunderstorm, watching our loved ones stand at the podium as they accept their diploma or the view atop a mountain after a great climb. These are merely a few of the many images that are embedded into our minds, as a result of our ability to see.

As much as we rely on this vital organ, our eyes, how much do you know about your eyes and all that happens to make sight possible?

Here are some FUN facts and interesting tidbits about your eyes that you probably didn’t know

  • Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.
  • Each eye has six muscles that control the eye’s movement.
  • The human eye is only second to the brain in terms of complexity.
  • The farthest a human eye can see is about 3 miles.
  • The eye is composed of over 2 million moving parts and can process 36,000 bits of information every hour.
  • Scientists have shown that the average person blinks 15-20 times per minute. That’s up to 1,200 times per hour and a whopping 28,800 times in a day!
  • Your eyeballs will reach their maximum size when you hit puberty – around 24 millimeters wide.
  • The human eye has over 100 million rod cells.
  • Your eye is the fastest muscle in your body. Ever hear the phrase: “In the blink of an eye?”
  • Approximately 79% of the world’s population has brown eyes.
  • It takes some time (10 to 30 minutes) for your eyes to become adapted to the dark.
  • The night vision of tigers is six times better than that of humans.
  • Our eyes need at least five hours of sleep per night to replenish themselves and function well during the day.
  • Ommetaphobia is the fear of eyes.
  • Eating carrots will improve your vision. Carrots are high in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision.

These are just a few of the countless facts to be learned about one of the most complex and interesting organ in the human body.

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