They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. And it’s important that you look after your eyesight from a young age to prolong clear vision well into your later years. Here are some fun facts about your blinkers you might not have known before.
- You see things upside down – it is your brain which turns the image the right way up.
- The eye is the fastest muscle in your body – hence the expression ‘in the blink of an eye!’
- The world’s most common eye colour is brown.
- The human eye can see 500 shades of grey.
- Our eyes close automatically to protect us from perceived dangers.
- When you read or stare at a computer, you blink less often resulting in tired eyes.
- An ostriches’ eye is bigger than its brain.
- The eyes of a chameleon work independently from one another, allowing it to look in two different directions at once.
- The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the human body.
- Astigmatism refers to a curvature of the cornea or lens and toric lenses are prescribed to aid the individual’s vision.
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It’s important to get your eyes tested at least every two years, even for younger children. If the optometrist can spot a problem and treat it early on, their performance in school will remain unhindered. Regular eye exams can help identify other serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even cancer.
bsmart tip: When working at a computer, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule – look at something twenty feet away from your computer every twenty minutes for twenty seconds.
Visit the handy MAP on our website and filter the results according to your location and type in “eye” or “spectacle”. This will show you the optometrists that accept the bsmart card. When you visit these optometrists and pay using your bsmart card you can earn cash back in the process.