Eyes are amazing. An organ of our body, the eye detects light and changes it into electro chemical impulses in neurons. Humans and other creatures have complex optical systems which are what help us see more than just light and dark while certain other creatures such as microorganisms have eyes which are quite simple. Under-appreciated organs, we often forget how important our eyes are to our daily life. Take a closer look with us at some facts about your eyes, an amazing organ.
- Each eye weighs about ¼ of an ounce and measures less than 1 inch in diameter.
- Eyes are actually shaped like a slightly flattened ball
- Each time you blink your eye is shut for about 1/10th of a second totaling close to 30 minutes each and every day.
- Eyes unlike other parts of your body are always warmed up. While athletes have to stretch to get their muscles warmed up, all you have to do is open your eyes and they are ready to go.
- New born babies don’t have tears. Babies don’t produce actual tears until they are between 4 and 13 weeks old.
- You can keep your eyes healthier by exercising them and avoiding harmful elements such as UV rays, smoke and staring at a computer screen for too long.
- Some people are born with two different colored eyes. It is called heterochromia.
- Each eye has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve is attached to the eye. You don’t notice this spot because our eyes work together to fill in this blind spot.
- Your eyes are always moving to see and receive new information. This constant movement makes our eyes muscles the most active muscles in our body.
- A large portion of vision problems can be avoided with the proper care and many are curable.
- The cells in our eyes that are light sensitive are rods and cones. Rods let us see shape and movement while cones recognize colors.
- Red eye in photos is caused because the light of the flash is reflecting off the blood vessels of the retina
- The reason animals eyes glow in the dark is due to tapetum. This silver mirror like tissue behind the retina reflects light and allows them to see much better at night than us.
Alpine Eye Care is a Grayling Mi optometrist specializing in all types of eye care. From annual exams and basic care to care for long term issues and surgical procedures, Alpine Eye Care is here for you and your family. If you are in need of an optometrist in Grayling MI, contact us and set up your appointment. Your eyes are important, take care of them and let us help you. Contact us online here or call us at 1.877.SEE.2020.