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Owls’ eyes move
  1. M J Steinbach
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Martin J Steinbach University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto M5T 2S8, Canada; mjsyorku.ca

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“Double crossed,” the cover illustration and article by Schwab on the barn owl refers to the alleged immobility of the owl’s eyes.1 This is a myth which should not be perpetuated in the BJO. The owl’s eyes do in fact move, and while the amount is not large, it is just enough for two papers on the subject2,3 The phrase “nearly immobile” is preferable.

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