The eyes have it

Yesterday I saw someone I hadn’t seen in years and he had totally grown up – I remember him as this skinny kid with long dreadlocks – now he has filled out and has a short, respectable haircut. But I still recognized him, because of his eyes. It turns out that this is one of the main things that people look at when doing age-enhancement of photos. People can easily change their hair and even their bodies to some extent, but the eyes remain the same.

“Eighty percent of facial recognition — what makes a face unique — comes from the eyes,” says Glenn Miller, supervisor of the Forensic Services Unit for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va. It also turns out that we can read a lot of body language through the eyes.

Often referred to as “the window to the soul,” our eyes can tell a lot about what we are thinking and feeling, and remain a constant part of our appearance throughout our lifetimes, even if so many other things about us change.


(The Eye of Horus)