Now that we’re mostly working (or studying) at home, we are spending an increased amount of time on our screens, as if it’s not yet excessive pre-pandemic. We become so consumed with our gadgets that sometimes we even forget to blink. Studies have shown that we blink less when we are reading or watching screen causing our eyes to become dry and irritated that usually leads to eye strains. Eye strain can cause headaches, fatigue, blurred or double vision, pain around the eyes, and other forms of discomfort. So make sure to give the windows to our souls a well-deserved break. We’ve listed some facts about our eyes that you might now know yet.
1. The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the body, even more active than the heart.
Eye muscles move about 100,000 times per day, with a lot of these movements happening during the rapid-eye movement (REM) part of sleep. The muscles that move around the eyes are the fastest and strongest muscles in the body, relative to their function.
2. Eyes are the second most complex organ in the body.
After the brain, our eyes are said to be the second most complex organ. Experts and scientists have come to the conclusion that as much as 90% of all the information we learned in lifetime goes through our eyes via visual cues then passed to the brain centers for processing and synthesis.
3. Fingerprints have about 40 unique characteristics, while irises have 256, making them a more secure identity marker.
Iris recognition has a proven highest accuracy rate, a biometric products testing final report found. Iris recognition is said to have no false matches in over two million cross-comparisons.
4. Green is the rarest eye color.
Green eyes have low to moderate amounts of melanin. Only about two percent of people have this eye color.
5. Eyes can also get sunburned.
Too much exposure to the sun and its UV rays can damage the surface of the cornea and conjunctiva, causing a condition like sunburn called photokeratitis. This is why it is adviced to wear sunglasses and bring your umbrella when it’s bright outside.