25 Eye Catching Facts About The Eye And Its Incredible Complexity

You probably never realized how complex your eyeball is. It’s incredibly complex. It’s almost like a little wonder of mechanical engineering. It seems so simple though, doesn’t it? It’s just a little ball. How complicated can it be? Well, think about it. The vast majority of information you process about the world is visual. And those two balls in your head are responsible for processing and transmitting that vast quantity of information to your brain. Everything you look at involves so much information exchange that it would make your head spin if you could actually wrap your brain around it. Which is why today, we’re going to learn some quirky, fun facts about the eye.

For one thing, did you know that carrots don’t actually improve your eyesight? At least not anymore than any other vegetable. The fact that carrots are good for your eyes was propagated by the British during World War II because they didn’t want the Germans to find out that their pilots were using radar to shoot down their planes (radar was new back then). To hide their advantage they came up with a cover story – their pilots had really good eyesight because they ate lots of carrots. And since that day people have believed it. We’re not even joking. These are 25 eye catching facts about the eye and its incredible complexity!

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Your eyes can distinguish more than 10 million colors!

Your eyes can distinguish more than 10 million colors!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
24

People with blue eyes have higher alcohol tolerance

People with blue eyes have higher alcohol toleranceSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
23

You spend about 10% of your waking hours with your eyes closed. How can that be? You are blinking!

You spend about 10% of your waking hours with our eyes closed. How can that be? You are blinking!Source: hunffingtonpost, Image: wikipedia
22

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brainSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

Einstein's eyes are kept in a safe in New York City

Einstein's eyes are kept in a safe in New York CitySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
20

Black lemurs are thought to be the only primates, besides humans to have blue eyes

Black lemurs are thought to be the only primates, besides humans to have blue eyesSource: nationalgeographic, Image: wikipedia
19

Bees have five eyes

Bees have five eyesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
18

The space between your eyebrows is called the nasion

The space between your eyebrows is called the nasionSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

A giant squid's eye can be as big as a volleyball

A giant squid's eye can be as big as a volleyballSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

Dolphins sleep with one eye open

Dolphins sleep with one eye openSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
15

Cats have three eyelids

Cats have three eyelidsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Want even more facts about your eyes? Check out these 25 Crazy Facts About Your Eyes.

14

Ommatophobia is the fear of eyes

Ommatophobia is the fear of eyesSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
13

Green eyes are the rarest color eyes. Only 2% of people have green eyes.

Green eyes are the rarest color eyes. Only 2% of people have green eyes.Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
12

If the human eye were a camera, it would have 576 megapixels

If the human eye were a camera, it would have 576 megapixelsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
11

All people with blue eyes can trace their genes back to one individual who lived near the Black Sea nearly 10,000 years ago

All people with blue eyes can trace their genes back to one individual who lived near the Black Sea nearly 10,000 years agoSource: wikipedia
10

Researchers have actually used Tetris (yes, the video game) to treat lazy eye

Researchers have actually used Tetris (yes, the video game) to treat lazy eyeSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
9

Your eyes can get a sunburn

Your eyes can get a sunburnSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
8

Blue eyes are typically more sensitive to light

Blue eyes are typically more sensitive to lightSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
7

Some lizards have been known to shoot blood out of their eyes to ward off potential predators

Some lizards have been known to shoot blood out of their eyes to ward off potential predatorsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

Eigengrau is the color you see when your eyes are closed (aka brain gray, or literally translated from German it would be "intrinsic/own gray")

Eigengrau is the color you see when your eyes are closed (aka brain gray, or literally translated from German it would be "intrinsic/own gray")Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can distinguish between more shades of green than any other color

Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can distinguish between more shades of green than any other colorSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

Carrots don't actually improve your eyesight (at least not any more than any other vegetable). This was a lie propagated by the British during World War II because they didn't want the Germans to find out that British pilots were using radar. Instead, they released a public announcement claiming that the reason for their pilot's incredible accuracy was the high number of carrots that they consumed. It was silly, but people believed it.

Carrots don't actually improve your eyesight (at least not any more than any other vegetable). This was a lie propagated by the British during World War II because they didn't want the Germans to find out that British pilots were using radar. Instead, they released a public announcement claiming that the reason for their pilot's incredible accuracy was the high number of carrots that they consumed. It was silly, but people believed it.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
3

Bono wears glasses because he has glaucoma, not just as a fashion statement

Bono wears glasses because he has glaucoma, not just as a fashion statementSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
2

Your eyebrows are completely replaced every 2 months

Your eyebrows are completely replaced every 2 monthsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
1

Some women have a genetic mutation that allows them to see millions of more colors/shades (up to 100 million)

Some women have a genetic mutation that allows them to see millions of more colors/shades (up to 100 million)Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay


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