Do Eyes Grow?

While almost all parts
of the human body grow rapidly in the first two decades of life, eyeballs are
the exception. The eye does grow after birth, but the growth is much less than
other body parts such as the arms and legs. When born, the eye is already 2/3 its
adult size.
At birth, the head and
structures within it, such as parts of the eyes and brain, are more developed
than the rest of the body. Most newborns have undeveloped retinas, and
this is the area that detects detailed vision. Beginning in the second
year of life, eye growth slows significantly. The size of the head and eyes
increases in width by about 1.5 times up to the time a child enters school.
Once a human reaches puberty, the eye grows so little it is basically


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