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Protecting your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your quality of life. While a lot of emphasis surrounds protecting your skin from environmental damage, there doesn't seem to be as much emphasis out there about protecting your eyes from potential damages.
For most of us, the eyes are the most cherished of our senses. Don't take your eyes for granted. Here are some facts about the eye that you may not have known before.
- The muscles that move the eyes are the fastest and strongest muscles in the body: they are 100 times more powerful than necessary.
- One blink usually lasts around 100 – 150 milliseconds, and we blink 5.2 million times a year on average.
- Your eyeballs stay the same size from birth to death, while your nose and ears continue to grow.
- Despite the amount of noise a new-born baby makes, they can’t actually produce tears when they cry: their tear ducts don’t start working until they are between 4 – 13 weeks old.
- Both eyes have a blind spot on the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches, however you won’t notice this, due to the way eyes work together to fill gaps in your vision.
- Everyone around the world with blue eyes shares a common ancestor: the first person with blue eyes lived around 6,000 – 10,000 years ago, and before that, everyone had brown eyes.
- Mascara wands cause the most injuries out of any cosmetics.
- You blink more when you talk, and less when you’re reading off a computer screen or paper – the reason behind why your eyes get tired more.
- People generally read 25 times slower on screen than on paper.
- New-born babies are color-blind, and men are more predisposed to color-blindness than women.
Don’t take your eyes for granted we have to be careful to look after them. They show us our world and they show others how we are feeling.