Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

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One day Rose-Lynn Fisher wondered if her tears of grief would look different compared to her tears of joy, so she began to explore them up close under a microscope.

One day Rose-Lynn Fisher wondered if her tears of grief would look different compared to her tears of joy, so she began to explore them up close under a microscope.

Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

She studied 100 different tears and found that basal tears (the ones that our body produces to lubricate our eyes) are drastically different from the tears that happen when we are chopping onions. The tears that come about from hard laughter aren’t even close to the tears of sorrow. Like a drop of ocean water each tiny tear drop carries a microcosm of human experience. Her project is called The Topography of Tears.

Tears from laughing until crying
Tears from laughing until crying - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of change
Tears of change - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of grief
Tears of grief - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears from onions
Tears from onions - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Joseph Stromberg of the Smithsonian’s Collage of Arts and Sciences explained that there are three major types of tears: basal, reflex, and psychic (triggered by emotions). All tears contain organic substances including oils, antibodies, and enzymes and are suspended in salt water. Different types of tears have distinct molecules. Emotional tears have protein-based hormones including the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, which is a natural painkiller that is released when we are stressed. Plus, the tears seen under the microscope are crystallized salt and can lead to different shapes and forms. So even psychic tears with the same chemical composition can look very different. Fisher said, “There are so many variables—there’s the chemistry, the viscosity, the setting, the evaporation rate and the settings of the microscope.”

Basal tears
Basal tears - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of timeless reunion
Tears of timeless reunion - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of ending and beginning
Tears of ending and beginning - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of momentum, redirected
Tears of momentum, redirected - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of release
Tears of release - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of possibility and hope
Tears of possibility and hope - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of elation at a liminal moment
Tears of elation at a liminal moment - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact

Tears of remembrance
Tears of remembrance - Looking At Tears Under A Microscope Reveals An Amazing Fact
Credit: Rose-Lynn Fisher

Like snow flakes and fingerprints, no tears are alike. I can't believe the difference between all of these. If you found this post interesting, share it with others.

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