Did You Know: Our Eyes are Always the Same Size from Birth?

EyesAccording to scientists our eyes remain the same in size throughout our life but our ears and nose keep gaining bits of mass as we grow older.

This may sound a little disturbing because most of us want the exact opposite. We’re coveted to have bigger eyes but they never change size, and fairly smaller noses and ears but they disappoint us by growing throughout our lives.

Normally our nose grows slowly until about age 15 to 17 in women and about age 17 to 19 in men, says Rohrich, a specialist in the field.

After these respective ages our noses keep on growing but at a very slow rate. And the growth of our noses is always downward because of the pull of gravity and the gradual breakdown of proteins, collagen and elastin in your skin, especially in the nasal tip.

It is a very important part of our body which lets us smell more than 10,000 scents. As for the ears, they get bigger by 0.22mm per year on average and the reason is almost the same as for the nose.

The cartilage in the ears also keeps growing and gravity helps the enlargement too. As far as the eyes are concerned, they grow on average only by 7mm till you reach puberty.

That is 40% growth in the size from the original. The eyes stop growing after puberty and if the eyes keep on growing, there’s always a risk of myopia or short-sightedness. So if you think about it, it’s to our advantage that our eyes don’t grow after puberty.

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