The eyes are one of the most wonderful things that human being was endowed. Considered to be the key characteristic of human sight, eyes are often associated with beauty and aesthetics. One of the first thing we notice at other people are eyes. When making visual contact with people, our eyes communicate in ways that our words often cannot do.
Our eyes are accentuated by small and flexible hairs which outlines the eyelid: these are the eyelashes, known as Cilia. Besides the aesthetic aspect they give to the eye, eyelashes have and practical means.
Here are some interesting facts about our eyelashes:
- Eyelashes are characteristic to mammals. An interesting fact is that of all living on the earth, only mammals have eyelashes.
- The eyelashes of an embryo begin to grow after 40-60 days of pregnancy, and resist till 100 years.
- The life of an eyelash is approximately 90 days. The hair on our body grows and maintains a continuous cycle, that is repeated constantly, as the hair falls and another one new grows.
- Eyelashes do not necessary have the same color of body hair on a person.
- Upper and lower eyelashes are different. It’s easy to notice that upper eyelashes are richer than lower eyelashes. Upper eyelid has approximately 200 eyelashes, while the lower eyelid has approximately 100 eyelashes.
- The lateral and middle sides of eyelashes are different. Mostly people have mid side lashes longer than lateral sides.
- Eyelashes are homes to small organisms: it is about small mites that actually live on our eyelashes. These small creatures, called Demodex Folliculorum go out at night (when we sleep) to feed on dead cells that are found in our eyelashes, helping follicles not to block.
- Our eyelashes have their own glands: sebaceous glands( glands of Zeiss) and sweat glands( glands of Moll).
- The eyelashes fall down every day. On average, one from five lashes falls down every day. And for each lost eyelash it is necessary from four till eight weeks for a new eyelash appear and grow up fully.
- Our eyelashes size is usually less than one centimeter. Most of the eyelashes grow up, in average, till ten millimeters. Although this the longest eyelash measured 6.99 cm and its owner is Stuart Muller from USA, which entered the Guinness Book of Records.
- The eyelashes role is to protect, they protect our eyes from existing particles in the air and small flies. When eyelashes feel that something can affect the eyes , triggering a reflex making us blink and close the eyes. This mechanism of defense is an important way to protect the eyes. Camel’s long eyelashes work in a similar way.
- The eyelashes hold the humidity away. The curvature of the eyelashes and how they are positioned allow keeping away humidity, sweat or rain like.
- Eyelashes protect the eyes from sun rays. Together with the eyebrows and forehead , Although the eyelashes is designed to protect the eyes, from sunlight.
Compared with the head hair, eyelash growth phase is very short, approximately 30-45 days. Besides, the rest (latent) cycle is bigger. While head hair remains for a period before falling and being replaced, eyelashes keep for a longer period of time and not always are being replaced after falling. This explains why eyelashes seem not to grow at all. While it grew up, grow a little and then stagnate for a long period of time. In comparison with growth cycle of head hair, growth cycle of eyelashes seem not to grow at all
Although the eyelashes, with which we endowed, plays different roles in the proper functioning of the human body , " fluttering " them was, is and will remain a silent language and the expressive body , depending on the situation , this transmitting either astonishment or perplexity or eternal " come here "