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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Did the number of rods changed from ancient time?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I know that rods work under limited light conditions only. But now we are in a world that always have lights everywhere unlike ancient time when humans had to deal with ...
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A limit to birds affinity for high vantage points

Birds seem to have a natural affinity for high vantage points, including power wires, the tops of trees, and the sides and tops of buildings. However I presume the top of the Burj Khalifa is not ...
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Why do we blink instead of winking each eye independently?

Question Why do we blink both eyes at the same time rather than winking each eye as needed? Why would winking independently be better? The benefit would be a minor improvement whereby a person ...
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What causes the color boundary in irises?

The iris shown in the image below has a radial color boundary. The part closest to the pupil is a brownish color while the part farther from the pupil is an aqua color. What causes this to develop? Is ...
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Why are eye defects so common? [duplicate]

The title says it all, what makes eye defects so common in the world? Whereas defects of any other body part is quite uncommon, I searched online and one of the articles said that 6 out of 10 people ...
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Can one eye affect the other eye's low-light adaption?

This previous question addresses how long eyes need to adapt to darkness and reach full contrast. My question is how does one eye affect the "transition" and/or efficacy of this "night vision" of the ...
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Why do pupils dilate in response to emotional state? [migrated]

I just came across an article on the internet stating that, Pupils dilate when we find someone or something attractive. So, as far as I know, this kind of dilation doesn't seem to have any ...
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Why do I see different hues of colors between each of my eyes?

Frequently, I see colors with a slightly different hue when looking through my eyes individually. The right eye is more red-tinted ('warmer' hued) and the left is typically more blue-tinted ('cooler' ...
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Are there animals / mammals which only have one eye?

Do all animals (of a certain size and not thinking about worms) have the possibility to perceive depth? Do all mammals have at least two eyes? Are there mammals with more than two eyes?
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Can the retina emit light?

The retina is light sensor, which converts light to an electrical signal. LEDs can both emit and receive light. Similarly, is it possible to apply electricity to retina to generate light? Simply ...
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Do any dogs have blue iris - not just sclera? [closed]

I was looking in to the question of whether any dogs in fact have "blue eyes"... A quick search gives plenty of information on and images of dogs with blue sclera and black iris. Every "blue-eyed" ...
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Can a computer display work as a daylight lamp?

During winter time I often see advertisements for daylight lamps which are supposed to compensate for the lack of daylight in a winter season. The specs of such a daylight lap seems to be an LED ...
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What is the function of the human eye white?

If you have a look at the eyes of most animals, you never see the white part unless the eyes are averted. In contrast, humans always have the whites visible because the iris is quite small. The only ...
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When you blow through your nose while holding it closed to “depop” you ears, why do you sometimes feel it in your eyes?

After your ears have "popped", for example on a flight, I heard you are supposed to hold your nostrils closed and blow through your nose to readjust the pressure to the normal level. Why do you ...
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How can some animals see ultraviolet or infrared light?

I know that some animals like birds, bees, and fish can see ultraviolet and infrared light. Whether it to detect flowers that bare nectar, or the urine trails of prey. But what I don't understand is ...
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Why do snakes not have eyelids?

Why is it that snakes do not have eyelids? Is it due to that fact that they are not as evolved as we humans and other organisms that have eye lids, or is there any other significance behind it if ...
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Can a stationary eye with a moving pupil exist? [closed]

I am making a sci-fi web-comic set on an alien world and I thought up an idea for an eye that works much like an eye from a mammal, but instead of moving the whole eye, only the pupil moves. This idea ...
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What is the permeability of proteins across the hyaloid membrane of vitreous to retina?

Does anyone know of any experimental work to test the permeability of the hyaloid membrane between the vitreous humour of the eye to the retina to proteins? Currently the largest molecule I can find ...
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What is the surface area of the vitreous humour in contact with aqueous humour?

This is a question regarding the anatomy of the human eye, however for my purposes medium sized mammals should do. I am interested in estimating the surface area of the hyaloid membrane of the ...
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Does your iris color have an effect on your vision?

I've always wondered if having different iris colors, (eye colors) may have any advantages or disadvantages on ones vision. Specifically regarding the effects of light. Personally, I have troubles ...
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Would a VR headset exacerbate myopia or could it be used to retrain the eyes?

I've learned that there are two primary hypotheses to explain myopia: not enough use of distance vision or not enough sunlight If the distance between an eye and what it's focusing on is the primary ...
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How do drugs (or other molecules) move between the vitreous humour and aqueous humour of the eye? [duplicate]

My question is regarding the biological nature of the separation between the vitreous humour and aqueous humour of the human (or mammal) eye. What connects the two in terms of the passive transport of ...
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How are the vitreous humour and aqueous humour of the eye, connected?

My question is regarding the biological nature of the separation between the vitreous humour and aqueous humour of the human (or mammal) eye. What connects the two in terms of the passive transport of ...
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Why did Opabinia have 5 eyes?

I recently read about a fossil called Opabinia. What intrigues me is that it had five eyes. I was under the impression that most features, such as eyes, ears and legs are always even-numbered, i.e., ...
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Does “squinting” make you concentrate better on a logic test?

We have all had those moments of intense concentration on some tough exam, perhaps a college test or whatever... Why is it that when we squint, it feels like we can focus and concentrate better on ...
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Random small after-images of things not really there [closed]

I am 44 years old and have noticed that I often get small blotch afterimages that last for about 5-10 mins. Normally, everybody gets these when they look at a bright light. I seem to get these every ...
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How does tearing work?

I found the question about tear gas very interesting. Shigeta says there that crying helps the cells of the eye to wash themselves clear of the toxic components in the tear gas. Does non-emotional ...
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What happens in lasik operation?

First of all,I am very bad at biology. So please bear if it sounds elementary. I heard about lasik operation for reshaping cornea. Assume the patient is suffering from myopia implying lens is ...
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Undistorting peripheral vision

I am interested in a procedure which can be applied to an image (or video) which is situated in my peripheral vision, and will result in an undistorted copy being presented to my brain. I do not know ...
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Why does our eyes got wet when we feel emotional or whenever we are hurt? [duplicate]

I was thinking like whenever when we feel emotional or whenever we got hurt we got tears from our eyes but why is that happen ? Why our eyes got wet ?
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What portion of the electromagnetic spectrum do cats see?

I have seen numerous articles and various information about how cats and dogs see into the ultraviolet spectrum with interesting artistic renderings such as this: ...
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Wearing sunglasses during a solar eclipse [closed]

Note: I had asked this on Physics, but it is off-topic there due to being about safety. On the BBC's guide to eclipse-watching, Dr Lucie Green says: Watching an eclipse with normal sunglasses ...
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Is it safe to look indirectly at the Sun?

I.e., is exposure of sunlight onto the peripheral vision less damaging than exposure onto the fovea?
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Why is my peripheral vision better for seeing in the dark? [duplicate]

I often walk around my house at night with the lights turned off and one night I noticed that looking straight at an object with very little light available made the object disappear from sight but if ...
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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) ...