Sometimes, you just want to know some fun facts.
Like that Cleopatra lived closer to the launch of the iPhone than the building of the pyramids.
Or that alligators will give manatees the right of way if they are swimming near each other. How… polite.
But Optometry Australia have shared a dozen facts about the human eye, and now facts about eyes are our favourite type of facts.
Here they are, so the next time a friend says, ‘eugh, I have an eyelash stuck in my eye,’ you can yell, ‘PEOPLE HAVE EYELASHES TO KEEP DIRT OUT OF THEIR EYES,’ and you’ll be confusingly aggressive but also factually correct:
1. We blink around 10-15 times a minute and around 6.3 million times a year.
2. Our eyeballs remain the same size from birth to death while our noses and ears will continue to grow.
3. An eye is composed of more than two million working parts including over one million nerve fibres which connect each eye to the brain. As a result of this maze of nerve fibres, an eye cannot be transplanted as it is currently not possible to reconstruct these connections.