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Does the Pupil Respond to Love?

I hope you are having a good day. Today I want to talk about love and the eyes. The eyes are depicted constantly as a romantic thing and this is not a new trend. The word pupil actually comes from a Latin word meaning “little doll.” The two muscles that control the size of the pupil are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. The same system that controls heart rate and breathing. So, it only makes sense that if your heart is racing your eyes will show this as well.

What is it exactly that the eyes will show with excitement? The pupil will become larger. That larger or dilated pupil is how the eyes advertise attraction. This same concept is why Italian women in the Middle Ages would intentionally dilate their own eyes. While this makes logical sense I often wondered if there was any research to back this logic. Luckily, as an Eye Doctor in Broken Arrow I get to stay up to date on research, and when it comes to this topic research actually has concluded that individuals show preferences for people with larger pupils. So, for Valentine’s Day if you want to show your spouse you love them come by One Vision for a dilated eye exam. LOL. I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and thank you for reading this article.