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Cool Eye Facts

• While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.

• Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too complex to reconstruct successfully.

• Your retinas actually perceive the outside world as upside-down – your brain flips the image for you.

• You see with your brain, not your eyes.

• Your eyes are about 1 inch in diameter, slightly bigger than a quarter, and weigh about 0.25 ounces or 7.5gms.

• Your eyes are made up of more than two million working parts to make them fully functional.

• The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the human body.

• We spend about 10% of our waking hours with our eyes closed, Blinking.

• The average blink lasts for about .3 seconds. You blink about 10-12 times every minute.

• If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels.

• Your eyes can get sunburned.

• Our body has some natural protection for our eyes. Our eyelashes help to keep dirt out of our eyes and our eyebrows are made to keep sweat from running into our eyes.

• The space between your eyebrows is called nasion.

• Your eyes water when they’re dry.

• Blue Eyes are more sensitive to light than brown or green.

• Humans and dogs are the only two species known to seek visual clues from another’s eyes and dogs only do it with humans.

• It is impossible to sneeze with the eyes open.

• Ommatophobia is the fear of eyes.

• Eigengrau, (pronounced i-gen-grou) is the color your eyes see in total darkness. Also referred to as brain gray.

• The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose

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