Why Vision Is the Most Important Sense Organ
Why Vision Is the Most Important Sense Organ
PSYCHOLOGY AUCL 207
AFRICAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS
KPEBU ERNEST CONNECT
WHY THE SENSE OF SIGHT IS THE MOST VITAL SENSE AS COMPARED TO THE OTHER SIX SENSES.
Sense organ is an organ of the body which responds to external stimuli by conveying impulse of the sensory nervous system.
If one sense is missing, the other senses have to take over the work. The eyes play an important role in this.
The human senses are our contact to the environment. The human brain combines the fireworks of neurons of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching into a meaningful whole. But we don’t think about our senses until an organ stops working.
Mankind is a creature that heavily depends on the various senses. It is an intrinsic part of human nature and without them we become less. There are seven senses that people utilize to keep in contact with their surroundings. These senses send neural signals to the brain which are then interpreted as information to which the individual react to accordingly.
There are seven sense organs and below are them;
SIGHT – VISION
HEARIHG – AUDITORY
SMELL – ALFACTORY
TASTE – GUSTSTORY
TOUCH – TACTILE
VESTIBULAR – SENSE OF BODY BALANCE
KINAESTHETIC – MOVEMENT
Sight is the power of seeing. The organ responsible for sighting is the eye.
There is no doubt however that Vision is the most important of all the aforementioned senses and most fundamental of the human sense and its loss will most definitively impact the way an individual live their life and interact with their surroundings; the eyes are truly “the windows to the soul”. We argue thus, that based on the hereinafter points listed the loss of the sense of Vision will have the most drastic and overwhelming impact on a person’s life comparative to the other four senses.
Though the other six senses serve important roles in their own right, the eyes are the most important as they allow us to connect with our surroundings. Sight gives us the ability to perceive our surrounding and through this the vision of our surroundings are interpreted to the brain which helps us in decision making. This connection with our surroundings cannot be underestimated as they give us the ability to assess our surroundings to bring to our attentions opportunities as well as the dangers which are a part of our natural environment.
HOW THE EYE FUNCTIONS
When light hit the retina through what the cornea focus, a special cells called photoreceptors turn the light into electrical signals. These electrical signals travel from the retina through the optic nerves of the brain then the brain turns the signals into the image that we see.
Our sight mainly focuses on light, just like a reflection in the mirror. Sight is the most highly important sense. Without sight we cannot move, use tools or enjoy little facets life has to offer.
The importance of sight is very key to human existence because it helps in keeping us safe, for instance crossing the road at a red light, without your vision you will not know when to cross.
Now when we wake up in the morning what do we do? We wash our face to see first in order to go about our daily activities. Without the sense of sight, we will succumb to loneliness.
Also, when people have eye problems such as short sightedness or long sightedness or even glaucoma we seek to correct it immediately because it’s very keen to living.
This helps us admire nature and have great feelings in what we see.
Another importance of sight as the most powerful sense is that, in primitive humans, we need sight to gather food and 80 percent of what we learn is through sight. Without it we are more or less not as valuable to enjoy nature and life.
Research shows that frequent stimulation and philosophical interpretation of one’s sense of vision helps with overall health and intelligence. Intelligence and wisdom can be gained from our physical environment. It is clear in the literature that some of the greatest inventions had their basis from the physical environment for example Newton’s law of gravity was based on him witnessing the sight of a fruit falling from its tree. Thus, the ability to view our surroundings and interpret them through vision is not only important for the individual but can also impact society as whole from viewing inspiration from nature.
If you are in a room and the light goes off, what’s the first thing you do or look out for? Light right, and that yields to sight?
This tells us how important it is and in addition on the very first day of creation, God created light to help him see. This is a clear indication of how important sight is to our living than the other senses.
The sight is the physical portal through which data from the environment is collected and sent to the brain for processing. This organ helps us to interact with the environment as it is the sole aim of all the sense organs. Surprisingly, it will be amaze to know that about 80 percent of all the expression we perceive in the environment is by means of the sight. Without the sight we cannot move, use tool, enjoy the facet life has to offer.
Other senses are mostly protected by the eye — we perceive up to 80 per cent all impressions by means of our sight and it keeps our mind sharp and alert.
And also if the other sense such as taste and smell stop functioning it is the eye that protects us, in fact sight is arguably the most important sense for safety and self-preservation.
- WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WHY DO YOU WASH YOUR FACE FIRST
- WHO CAN WALK FROM CLASS TO DR. ACQUA’S OFFICE WITH THE EYES SHUT
- WHY DO WE VOMIT WHEN WE SEE A DISGUSTING SUBSTANCE WITHOUT SMELLING OR TASTING IT
- WHY DID GOD CREATED LIGHT ON THE FIRST DAY IN HIS CREATION.
HOW THE EYE PERFORMS ROLE IN HEARING
Millions of people all over the world face problems with their hearing. Only very few of them make use of the currently existing technical possibilities in order to improve the situation.
- For these people, a conversation in a large group may become a word salad, and music just a blend of There are also many dangers for these people as they can no longer hear cars honk, police sirens, or the whistle of water kettle. At this point, the eyes must take over in traffic, in the household, and free time.
HOW THE EYE PERFORMS ROLE IN SENSE OF SMELL
Cold viruses hit on average three or four times a year.
When people catch cold they tired and their sense of smell and taste deteriorates. Result, it is suddenly no longer possible for us to smell rotten food.
Smell a genetically predetermined program. It used be essential for survival, as the only possible way to distinguish what was edible from what was inedible was through smell. If the sense of smell stops working, the eyes need to take over, both in looking for mould and other traces as well as reading the small print the expiry date.
HOW THE EYE PERFORMS ROLE IN THE SENSE OF TASTE
It may sound strange but in addition to the sense of taste, the eyes also play major role in deciding whether something tastes good or not. In contrast to the other senses, the sense of taste is very weak: while it is possible for us to distinguish thousands of colors with our eyes, we have the ability to distinguish only five flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami, which roughly translates to meaty, a natural flavor enhancer, which is found especially in tomatoes, cheese, and meat. But as mentioned earlier, the sense of taste does not only rely the tongue, also on the eyes.
For example, yellow, orange, and especially red food is considered sweeter than food of other colors.
THE EYE PERFORMS ROLE IN TOUCHING
The eye provides quick assumption touch response before the touch sense act on it.
THE EYE PERFROMS ROLE IN MOVEMENT
It helps the vestibular to function properly.
IMPORTANT OF THE EYE
- KNOWLEDGE GAIN
- CRITICAL THINKERS
Visual discrimination: ability to discriminate dominant features of objects.
Visual memory: the ability to recognize something when it reappears.
Visual spatial relationships: the ability to perceive the position of objects.
Form constancy: the ability to categorize similar
Sequential memory: the ability to recognize a sequence of objects when they reappear.
Visual figure ground: the ability identify object from surrounding objects.
Visual closure: the ability to identify a whole figure when only parts are shown.
In Conclusion, the quote “keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” from Theodore Roosevelt tells us to aim high and to set goals and ambitions as high as the highest heavens. Our vision thus viewed in this context points to more than just a mere ability to view or sense our surroundings but also abstractly through inspirations and experiences seen around us, find our muse and be more than we could ever have hoped.
KPEBU ERNEST CONNECT – COMMUNICATIONIST, GHANA.