In the few seconds it took you to come onto this page, your eyes made millions of complex connections. But other than knowing you rely on them for nearly every aspect of your life, how much do you really know about your eyes? Read on to learn a little more about this delicate and complex organ. 

20 Little Known Facts About Eyes and Vision Barry Wasserman

  1. While newborns make plenty of crying sounds, they don’t actually produce any tears until they’re four weeks old.
  2. From the time you’re born until you die, you’re eyes never grow.
  3. The human eye can see 500 different shades of grey.
  4. Because your eye has more than 1 million nerve fibers, surgeons have yet to be able to transplant the human eye.
  5. Eyes are the second most complex organ in the body, after the brain.
  6. Your eye is the fastest muscle in your body – hence the expression, “in the blink of an eye.” 
  7. Your eye is also the most active muscle in your body.
  8. The human eye can see light from a candle from 14 miles away.
  9. Your eyes are one of the first things that develop when you’re in the womb. Eyes typically start to develop just 2 weeks after conception.
  10. Just like a fingerprint, every person’s iris is unique. Your eye has 256 identifiable characteristics.
  11. Seeing is so important, it takes more than 50-percent of your brain’s functionality.
  12. While we assume it’s pretty uncomfortable, you can sneeze with your eyes open!
  13. Ommatophobia is the fear of eyes.
  14. The world’s most common eye color is brown.
  15. Your eyes can get sunburned.
  16. Your retina perceives the world around you as upside down — it’s your brain that flips the image for you.
  17. Everyone with blue eyes shares a common ancestor.
  18. The average person blinks 17 times a minute.
  19. 20/20 vision doesn’t mean you have perfect vision. It just means you can see 20 feet in front of you as well as the average person.
  20. Your tears are different based on whether you’re crying or yawning, or if you have something in your eye.


Maintaining and improving your vision is our number one priority. Dr. Barry Wasserman’s acclaimed vision practice strives to bring our patients the very best service possible. From a sharp attention to detail to outstanding quality assurance, our team is simply second to none. As leaders in the vision industry, we aim to provide exceptional outcomes for each patient. We truly care about making a difference in the lives of the patients we serve. Come and see for yourself!

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