Interesting Eye Facts

By Jordan Miller;

Our eyes are at work from the very moment we rise in the morning, to the time we go to bed. They provide us with the ability to see the world around us. What spectacular organs they are! Kyla and I are thankful for the ability to be able to see all the beautiful things that surround us daily. We are grateful to be able to interact with you through our articles and videos. It is such a wonderful gift that we have all been given, so we must not take it for granted as there are some of us whom have not been granted this ability. We wanted to highlight some rather interesting facts about our eyes so that you can truly appreciate their value. Remember to be kind to your eyes.

Some Neat Facts: Human Eyes
  •  Your eyes are composed of more than 2 million working parts.
  •  Your eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour.
  •  The average person blinks 12 times per minute - about 10,000 blinks in an average day.
  •  Your eyes are the most complex organs you possess except for your brain.
  •  Only 1/6th of your eyeball is exposed to the outside world.
  •  Red and Green are the most commonly confused colours among colour blind people.
  •  Colour blindness is 10 times more common in males than females.
  •  The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of the gray.
  •  Your eyelashes have an average life span of 5 months.
  •  The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose.
  •  It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  •  The space between your eyebrows is called the Glabella.
  •  Under the right conditions, the human eye can see the light of a candle at a distance of 14 miles.
  • Your eye will focus on about 50 things per second.
  • Your eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  •  The older we are the less tears we produce.
  •  All babies are colour blind when they are born.

Some Neat Facts: Animal Eyes 
  •  Dolphins sleep with one eye open. 
  •  An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  •  The shark cornea has been used in eye surgery, since its cornea is similar to a human cornea.
  •  Dogs can’t see the difference between the colours red and green.
  •  The largest eyeball on the planet is 18 inches wide, about the size of a large watermelon and it belongs to The Giant Squid.
  • A chameleon's eyes can look in different directions - at the same time!
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time. 
  • Cats do see in color, and can distinguish yellow, blue, and green hues. Their eyes are best, however, at detecting movement, and shades of gray. 

The phrase, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.

Our eyes are spectacular organs. Let us cherish this ability!

Your question: What is the most interesting thing you have ever seen? (post your comments below)


About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.


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