A dragonfly's wings as seen by someone with quick eye

Leonardo da Vinci could see the beat of a dragonfly’s wings. Some professional baseball players can see the stitches in the ball as it is pitched at them. Some people perceive fast, fleeting moments that other people just cannot see, thanks to something known as “quick eye.”

What speed do people normally see at?

The average human vision is about 30-60 frames per second. The human visual system can process 10 to 12 images per second individually, but any more than that is perceived as motion. For context, the average movie is shot at 24 frames per second, while some TV shows and video games can be anywhere from 30 to 120 frames per second.

How do people with quick eye see?

However, people with quick eye see at a much higher frame rate. To see a dragonfly’s wings beat, for example, they would need to see 50 to 100 frames per second. This allowed Leonardo to see still images when others saw movement. It is also why some people think he was able to paint the Mona Lisa at the beginning of a smile – he perceived it as a single moment in time instead of as part of the mouth’s movement to a smile and remembered it when he painted.

Quick eye care at CEENTA

Whether you see at 30 frames per second or 100, the eye doctors at CEENTA are here to help you see as clearly as possible, whether you want to watch TV or the beating of a dragonfly’s wings.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. You can now schedule an appointment online with any of our nearly 50 eye doctors in North and South Carolina. You can also schedule through myCEENTAchart or by calling 704-295-3000.


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