Did you know your eye is the fastest muscle in your body? Hence, the phrase: “In the blink of an eye.” Not many people know just how complex the human eye really is. It is so complex that the most complicated camera doesn’t come close! Every part of the eye is necessary to allow us to see the wonders of the world.
After the brain, your eyes are the second most complex organ in your body. Most of us are familiar with fingerprinting – yet retina scans are now commonly being used for security purposes instead: your fingerprint has 40 unique characteristics, whereas your iris has 256. Here are some other interesting facts about the human eye:
Eye Care Professionals
The human eye contains enough complexity to warrant specialized attention and care beyond the duties of a general practitioner. These specialists, or eye care professionals, serve different functions in different countries. Eye care professionals can have overlap in their patient care privileges. For example, both an ophthalmologist (M.D.) and optometrist (O.D.) are professionals who diagnoses eye disease and can prescribe lenses to correct vision. However, typically only ophthalmologists are licensed to perform surgical procedures. Ophthalmologists may also specialize within a surgical area, such as cornea, cataracts, laser, retina, or oculoplastics.