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Human beings have five senses (sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing) with the eyes giving us the ability to see. The eyes allow light rays that deflect off objects to land on the cornea and is transmitted to the retina and then the brain. These light rays are what the brain interprets as objects that we can see.

Many times, we take our eyes for granted and do not feel the need to take better care of them. This is dangerous in the long run as our eyes are essential for living in this world.

Why are the eyes so important? Here are three things the eyes do for us.

The relevance of sight

Our eyes transfer images of objects around us to our brains to help us decide what is in our environment and how we will interact with it, without us coming into physical contact with it. For example, we can see a dog in the distance and decide before getting to it how we will interact with that dog. We can choose to pet it if it looks friendly, or avoid it if it looks dangerous.

This is how we go through life, subconsciously making split-second decisions about where to step, what direction to smile or frown in, or what to touch.

The potency of information gathering

Your eyes can read, can absorb happenings and store their cause and effects as information. Your self-education highly depends on your sight and hearing. History is passed down via the evidence of witnesses. Information gathered through the eyes is stored as mental images in the brain. Future visual images can trigger the memory of previously stored images along with the emotions that were saved concerning that picture. Therefore, a person can see an object in the present which jogs the memory of something related and can say how the memory makes him or her feel. For example, the sight of a baby blanket or tiny tricycle can evoke feelings of nostalgia.

Improving brain focus

The eyes can help the brain focus. The brain constantly receives information from the senses, the eyes included. However, the ability to focus on one thing at a time helps the mind decide what is important at the time and focus on it. A good example is when one is driving and has to listen to passengers, the radio, or noise from outside the window. The ability to focus more on the road and driving helps sharpen the brain’s power to focus.

The eyes also help with treating anxiety and other psychological disorders. When a person experiences trauma, the memories are embedded in their neurology or mind map. Victims of trauma can be treated using a visual technique that reaches their memory at a neural level. Refocusing the vision of the person using EMI (eye movement integration) has been reported effective in treating anxiety, depression and anger tantrums.

Knowing these facts about your eyes will help you recognise the power of your eyes and choose to take better care of them. Rest your eyes often and get regular eye checks. Contact us for more information about any eye care issues.