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Did You Know Cicadas Have Five Eyes? in Annapolis & Kent Island

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We know. It’s all anyone is talking about as you hear the constant click click on your windshield while driving down the road or pulling them out of your hair while mowing the lawn. So, we thought we would chime in.

Did you know they have five eyes and can actually see pretty well?

Yes. Cicadas have 5 eyes. Two large compound eyes, which are used to visually perceive the world around them, and three small, jewel-like, simple eyes called ocelli. We believe the ocelli are used to perceive light & darkness. The fact that there are three of them, arranged in a triangle, may help them triangulate the direction of the sun or the movement of a shadow

Since their lifespan is just 4-6 weeks, they don’t really need to seek proper care for their eyes. (Is there such a thing?) After all, they will likely be stepped on… But WE do. And, since we only have two eyes, one might think it’s a little easier to care for your eyes as opposed to a cicada’s. If you haven’t had an eye exam in a while, give us a call. Dr. Barr is always eager to help people see better…

… So you can see all the great colors of a cicada, and lots of other things too!

Written by Island Eyecare

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