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Eye Facts

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 19, 2016

Did you know that 80 percent of what we learn comes from what we see? Did you know that adult humans typically blink 12 times each minute? Here are some other interesting facts about the eye:

Watch out, the blink of an eye lasts for about 1/10th of a second, or 10 jiffies?

How much of our brain is involved in seeing? Would you believe 50 percent? Yes it is true! Seeing requires that much gray matter.

With proper care, eyes heal quickly from injuries. It takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.

Many organ transplants have occurred, but a complete globe transplant from one person to another has yet to be performed. The reason for that has to do with the optic nerve. It is too sensitive to successfully reconstruct.

You better not pout. You better not cry. Why? Because the eyes of newborns don’t produce tears. While they cry and cry very loudly, their eyes don’t make tears until they are about 4-13 weeks old.

The Pantone™ Goe System consists of 2,058 solid colors. While that’s a lot of colors, the human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors. That’s a lot of purple, orange, and blue!

Let’s propose a toast to blue eye folks. They have a higher alcohol tolerance. (Still, no matter your eye color, please drink responsibly.)

Video games aren’t all that bad. The game TETRIS has been used to treat “lazy eye” in adults. (Of course, don’t tell this to your kids or else, they will claim that they are treating “lazy eye” as they play the umpteenth round of TETRIS.)

While everyone has heard the expression “Four Eyes”, believe it or not, bees have five eyes. No wonder it is so hard to shoo them away.

Ahhh-choo! No matter what you do, it is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

If you are dealing with phobias, you might not want to know that ommatophobia is the fear of eyes.

Try having some fish for dinner, namely salmon, tuna or halibut. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish like those since they are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

To reduce eyestrain, use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs and heart, it is bad for your eyes, as well. Research shows that smoking increases the risk of age related macular degeneration two-fold.

Smoking also can lead to cataracts, other risk factors include diabetes, alcohol use and prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Well, there you have it! Hopefully there are one or two facts in there you didn’t already know. In other words, I hope that this was an “eye opening” post!

Sources:
https://www.vsp.com/eyes.html

http://www.factslides.com/s-Eyes

http://pantone.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1671/~/number-of-colors-in-pantone-matching-system-and-pantone-goe-system

https://www.nei.nih.gov/health/healthyeyes

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