Blindness Awareness Month Facts (FUN!) of the Day (October 12th)

Ding.. ding.. ding! That’s the bonus bell! Haha. 🙂 I found a bunch of really random, fun, not incredibly useless facts about eyes or vision disorders and decided to combine them all into one post. Most of these came from the NIH (National Institute of Health) site.

  1. Your dog or cat’s eyes appear to glow in the dark because they have mirrors on the back of their eyes.. yes that’s right, they have something called tapetum, which are silver mirrors on the back of their eyes. This helps them to have great night vision.
  2. While humans can’t normally look in opposite directions at the same time, chameleons can!
  3. If you’re sitting at a computer and are experiencing a lot of glare, adjust the lighting and make sure you’re at least 20 inches away from the screen.
  4. Some of the more commonly known vision disorders, such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts have increased risk of happening in individuals who smoke.
  5. Many think that Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocals, when really Samuel Pierce, an English optician, invented them.
  6. Carrots do help maintain eye health.
  7. The phrase “you’re going to wear your eyes out,” is simply silly because while your eyes can feel fatigued after extended use, you will never really “wear them out.”
  8. Tropical fish and many bright colored animals can see colors that humans cannot because they have more color vision cells. Isn’t that cool?
  9. “Red eye” in photographs is caused by the light reflecting off the blood vessels in the retina. Interesting fact, I thought!
  10. I thought Scorpions could have a lot of eyes at 12 but flatworms can have as many as 100. Weird!

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

One thought on “Blindness Awareness Month Facts (FUN!) of the Day (October 12th)”

  1. these are some really fun facts!

    the carrot thing really surprised me when i went to the optrician or opthamologist (can’t remember which one i went to at the time…) and my eyes actually got better (as in my prescription for my glasses got weaker.) he asked if i had been eating a lot of carrots lately! haha.

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