Here’s a fun demonstration you can do at home. Look in the mirror, and shift your focus from one eye to the other. Can you see your eyes move? No, you can’t; it’s as if they don’t move at all. Then have someone face you and shift their focus from one of your eyes to the other. You can see their eyes move, so why can’t you see your own eyes move? You’re not the first person to wonder about that; it could be that people have pondered that as long as there have been mirrors.So, in the mid-1970s scientists did a study to answer this question. Rapid eye movements are called saccades, and scientists studying them found that our vision is suppressed right before, and during each saccade. It’s called saccadic suppression. The researchers explained that by suppressing our vision whenever our eyes shift rapidly from one point to the next, our brain creates perceptual stability. Otherwise the world around us would seem to move every time we moved our eyes. That would be disorienting to say the least.