Eye Piercings & The Resolution of the Human Eye

Ever wonder what the resolution of the human eye is?

The Human eye is extremely Complex

Photography has become everyone’s calling, you have to take a stroll around the scientific center to see them out in full force with their tripods. It seems that everyone with a wad of cash, a DSLR camera and a bit of patience has become worthy of the moniker photographer.

It is not uncommon for a photographer to be enthralled by the majestic beauty of a sunset, or the night sky, or a full moon, and attempt to grab this beauty in a snapshot depicting how awe-inspired they were at that very moment. More often than not however, that image is but a pale comparison of the true beauty which it was meant to portray.

The Kuwait City Skyline at Night, much more flattering in person (mobile cam)

Why is that? Simply put, you see things one way, and your camera sees things differently.

So, what is the resolution of the human eye, at which a camera would be able to truly capture an image the way the eye sees it?

The answer is 576MP, the technical breakdown is as follows:

Consider a view in front of you that is 90 degrees by 90 degrees, like looking through an open window at a scene. The number of pixels would be 90 degrees * 60 arc-minutes/degree * 1/0.3 * 90 * 60 * 1/0.3 = 324,000,000 pixels (324 megapixels).

At any one moment, you actually do not perceive that many pixels, but your eye moves around the scene to see all the detail you want. But the human eye really sees a larger field of view, close to 180 degrees. Let’s be conservative and use 120 degrees for the field of view.

Then we would see 120 * 120 * 60 * 60 / (0.3 * 0.3) = 576 megapixels.

The full angle of human vision would require even more megapixels. This kind of image detail requires A large format camera to record.

Therefore, once our cameras reach 576MP, the pictures you take with your camera will look exactly the same as you see them.

Just be patient, its coming out, soon.. In the next millennium.. Maybe.

Also, in a slightly related topic, there exists an operating procedure to implant a small piece of jewelry directly into the eye, as a form of piercing.

Eye Piercing

The eyeball implant, is commonly also referred to as an eyeball piercing, although it is technically an implant. This is unlike the subdermal- and transdermal implants that I’ve discussed before. This particular implant has to be performed under a medical environment. 

The implant is placed into the surface of the white of the eye. The procedure started in the Netherlands, and is a fully legal procedure offered by eye clinics who support the brand name- JewelEye. 

For more info on the procedure and its safety (link).

Personally, I’m saving my eyes for LASIK.

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