Halloween is just a few weeks away, and to get into the spirit, here are weird facts about your eyes. Scaredy cats can cover their eyes.
- Living in the upside-down
What you see through your eyes reaches the retina upside-down. It is your brain that flips the image you actually perceive.
- You’re not seeing the whole picture!
Apart from images arriving upside-down to your retina, they are also split in two and distorted. Each side of the brain receives one portion and fixes the distortion to compose one image.
- Black and white world
When you look at something, everything in the periphery is perceived in black and white by the brain because there are fewer rods to recognize colour.
- Scared stiff
Although rare, some people suffer from ommatophobia, the fear of eyes. Generally, people develop this fear because they’ve witnessed or experienced eye trauma.
- Ghostly eyes
If you have cataracts, a white veil may be seen across your pupil, but fortunately, this can usually be corrected with surgery.
- The Ring
If a blue ring develops around the iris, it is a sign of cholesterol deposit in the eye. For people 60 and over, this is a natural process of aging eyes, but if you are under the age of 40, it may be a sign that you are at risk of heart disease. In either case, an eye exam should be scheduled.
- Don’t let the bugs bite!
Alright, these bugs don’t bite at all, but did you know that mites live in your eyelashes and eyebrows? No need to panic; most people have Demodex mites in their eyelashes and eyebrows. If you have too many of them, symptoms like itching, burning, and crusty red edges will appear when it becomes a problem. Speak to your eye doctor.