The discussion of the anatomy and evolution of eyes. Consider using the "vision" tag for questions regarding how the brain interprets information from the eyes.

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Why can I see a light flicker when it's in my peripheral vision?

When I'm looking at an old CRT monitor or a worn fluorescent lamp, but not directly in the center of my gaze, the light from it seems to flicker. When I focus my gaze onto the monitor or lamp, the ...
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How do birds deal with their eyes drying out at high speeds?

My eyes tear up when cycling at 15 mph, which is nothing compared to bird airspeeds. Do birds continuously produce lots of tears and blink a lot, or do the eyes self-moisturize from the inside ...
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Why does a human's field of view narrow when moving faster?

A relative of mine is a driving instructor and he regularly likes to bring up that the field of view narrows noticeably when driving at higher speeds. Is this true, why is this so and does this apply ...
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What is the minimum functional biological light sensor? [closed]

As a follow up to this question regarding the evolution of the eye, it was suggested that primitive eyes only needed to evolve a light sensor and could perhaps use the existing biochemical cascade ...
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What is the minimum eye?

What is the minimum eye which confers some evolutionary advantage? By minimum I mean anything less than this has no advantage whatsoever and therefore is not favored by natural selection. By eye, I ...
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Are the irises an exact match in a human's set of eyes?

Are the irises an exact match in a human's set of eyes? Assuming the eyes are healthy with 20/20 vision.
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Sensitivity of eyes to flashing lights

My eyes are very sensitive to flashing lights - for example I'm always the first person to notice that a fluorescent tube is about to fail because I see it flickering when other people can't. When ...
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White/Gold vs Blue/Black dress

So I'm sure you've all seen the dress photo where people see the dress as either White and Gold or Blue and Black. It has essentially 'split' the internet because some people see the dress and they ...
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How come all my family have brown eyes and I have blue eyes?

My whole family tree up to my grandparents have brown eyes, I have blue eyes, how come? I don't know if it matters but I have not received enough oxygen at birth, doctors said it's probably the ...
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Superhuman eyesight

My ten year old son was reading car number plates that were too fast, too far away and at the wrong angle for any of us to read or even believe that it was possible for him to read. We thought he was ...
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Why do human eyes glow red on a photo and dog's eyes green?

Previous Research I know that cameras sometimes come with an anti "red eye" functionality that involves two flashes, presumably the second flash coincides with the shutter opening. Question Why do ...
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Why do eyes water in response to particular emotions?

It is common for people to experience very moving situations (sad movies, etc) and have a physical reaction to it (such as crying). I am curious about how emotions can physically lead to the act of ...
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Why do we get 'bags under our eyes'?

Why do these circles form around the eyes if somebody is tired? And why does fatigue express itself around the eyes this way? Can I get eye bags very quickly in another way? ...
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Eye strain using 3D screens

I don't know if this is a physics or a biology question but this might be better orientated around the element of how the human eye works in a 3D visual situation than physics. Given the rise of 3D ...
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Why do dog's eyes glow green on a photo?

Taking my current profile picture as a prominent example: This photo has been taken with flash. As I gather, this is the same effect that makes a human's eyes glow red on photos, namely the ...
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What is the science behind the inaccurate perception of colors?

If I go into a green room (all walls are semitransparent and green) and spend some time - around 10+ min - in there, when I come out all my eyes see is white as pink. I see no (or very few other) ...
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Why are irises unique?

I heard that irises are different and unique for every person. According this link, probability of two irises having identical pattern is 1 in 10 to the 78th power. That's how iris scanners identify ...
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Why do small fonts strain the eyes?

I understand that too much close reading will strain the ciliary muscles of the eyes. But what about small fonts? The contraction of the ciliary muscles is dependent on the distance not font size. In ...
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How does the cornea breathe during sleep?

The cornea is not supplied with blood vessels and so exchanges gases directly with the atmosphere. So how does it breathe during sleep when our eyes are closed?
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How does the eye know whether to focus further out or nearer in order to bring a blurry object into focus?

If the eye sees an object, but the object is out of focus, the eye could be focusing too near or too far. How does the eye (or the brain) distinguish one situation from the other? How does it know ...
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Flicker fusion threshold for insect eyes

I searched on bio-numbers for flicker-fusion threshold of insect eyes in general and for flies in particular. This paper gives values for some flies. Is there any database maintained for these values? ...
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How do gory images lead to nausea?

How do gory images lead to nausea? Yesterday my friend visited shock sites (a website). He said that he got nauseous sensation within seconds after viewing the gory images. However, I don't ...
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Is it biologically possible for an adult's eye color to change?

Can it be that the adult eye can change color? Specifically my question is about a unilateral color change, such that the color of one eye remains constant, while the other changes color over time. ...
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How to compare a camera and an eye

How could I compare what a normal eye can see to a camera lens? I just went through a very comprehensive article @ CambridgeInColor, but I'm still not really clear. When I take a picture with a SLR ...
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What is the use of eye banks, if eyeball transplants do not exist at present?

Corneas are donated and transplanted, but not the eyeball. I don't understand. What is the purpose of donating a cornea without an eyeball to a blind person?
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Does pupil size affect image focus in persons with no lens?

If an individual has no lens like Claude Monet (who had them removed). They should be able to still focus the images they see in a well light area if they shrink their pupils to a very small size ...
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Can we directly stimulate M cones in retina with current technology?

I wonder if we could try to see imaginary "supergreen" color by directly stimulating M cones. For this I suppose we'd need: Non-destructively scan specific human's retina to locate exact positions ...
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Like size and colour constancy, why does the brain not maintain focus constancy?

I have progressive myopia. I grew up with perfectly normal eyes but slowly started getting myopic. The thing is, my brain knows (or should know) what the world looks like -- it knows that far away ...
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How do animals handle light refraction in different media?

For a human, when diving underwater, everything is blurry because of the water's different refractive index compared to that of air, which we are accustomed to. How do animals, like turtles, seals or ...
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How come degraded eyesight still holds with a mirror? [closed]

When you use a mirror to look at something, you can position it at an angle arbitrary to your face and still look at an object far away. My question is, for degraded eyesight, how come the picture is ...
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Does human eye lens have a magnification of its own?

I have always wondered if the lens in our eyes have any sort of magnification by default. And if yes, if we're actually seeing everything around us bigger/smaller than what they actually are! Has any ...
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Do the eyes play any role in producing the visual experiences you have during dreaming?

Sometimes, you remember a vivid picture of a dream that you saw. What is the role of your eye in this experience? Please provide me with the answer that is as simple as possible since I am in Class ...
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Can the negative afterimage appear only if there is light or is it possible in darkness?

Reading the following paragraph: After staring at the red and blue shamrock, you saw a green and yellow afterimage. Opponent-process theory proposes that as you stared at the red and blue ...
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What does salt do to styes?

Styes formed in the eyes are cured by dabbing at them with lukewarm water(I saw this being done many a times as a home remedy.) At times, common salt is added to the water before dabbing. My mother ...
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Dark veil when getting up too fast

I was asking myself this weird question. When you get up or stand up too fast, sometimes, you see something like a dark veil, and you aren't able to see anything distinctly for 2 or 3 seconds, then ...
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Are common eye defects inherited?

If one parent is nearsighted and the other is farsighted. One parent developed nearsightedness later in life, while the other was born farsighted and they are both the first ones in their family to ...
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Does myopia tend to decrease the risk for later hyperopia?

It seems like being nearsighted for much of your life due to elongated eyes would make it easier in general to focus on near objects rather than far since the lens would not have to change much. Since ...
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How do we know the presence of light when our eyes are closed?

Last night I laid on my bed and tried to go to sleep with the light off. I closed my eyes (but hadn't gone to sleep). My younger brother touched the wireless mouse (which had laser) for the laptop. ...
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Which part of human eyes is getting tired?

It's a thing of common sense that if you read, drive or look at computer screen for too long your eyes will get tired. They burn, itch and try to close all the time. But I was wondering which part(s) ...
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What is the focus distance of a 3D screen?

I've thought long and hard about wheter this is the appropriate section for this question, because I guess it's kind of an interdisciplinary subject. My understanding of stereopsis (please, correct ...
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What exactly are “floaters”? [duplicate]

i was reading this artical after hearing about it on the news, while reading i saw the term "floaters" which made me remember of a recent Family Guy Episode in which there is a joke about them in ...
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Where is cartilage in the developing eye in embryo?

I am not completely sure where there are cartilage in the eye. I think the developing vitreous body (very light coloured) does not have cartilage. You can assume the eye is during the weeks 11-13 of ...
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Why do our eyes close when we sleep?

Why do our eyes close when we sleep? Is it to relax our eye muscles? How can it be explained from an evolutionary point of view?
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Can someone who is color blind recover color vision by surgical means?

I am currently studying color blindness, and there is no medicine that can help it. Is it possible nonetheless for someone who is color blind to have their eyes restored to normal color vision by ...
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Why basement membrane thickens in diabetes mellitus?

Untreated diabetes mellitus may lead to blindness and kidney failure because the basement membrane of small blood vessels in these organs thickens due to increased production of collagen and laminin. ...
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Crusty eyes in the morning

Often, after waking up from a night's sleep hard, flaky, pale yellow crystals are deposited around the eyelids (which easily wash off with water). What are these? Why are they yellow? What are they ...
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Does our eyeball increase in size as we grow?

Does the size of the eye increase as we develop from the stage the complete eye first forms to infancy and then to adulthood ?
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Near point and far point of myopic eye

Suppose a person wears the specs of power -6D, the far point for that person is 16cm. But the near point of normal eye is 25cm. So, is the near point of a person with myopia (having far point less ...
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What happens when we dream?

When a human dreams does the brain activate the cones and rods in the eyes creating the images we see in dreams?
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What's the minimum distance of focus for the lens of a human eye to reach maximum flatness?

According to the Wikipedia article on eye accomodation, the range in which a human eye can focus is from 7 centimetres away up to essentially an infinite distance. Of course, people can't see things ...