Why don't fish have eyelids?


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Well....i"m not a marine biologist or anything like that so I could be way way way off here...but fish really don't have to worry about rehydrating their eyes like people do....they do live in water after all :D

I'd be interested to here an authentic answer to this...


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I think they have a clear outer layer over their eyes. Maybe this helps them deal with the water pressure.


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I just read fish had eyelids the other day. However, it was on the underside of a snapple cap where I learned that fun fact so I am not sure how reliable that is.


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Most fish have a coating over the eye so as to protect them
I may also shield to some degree the amount of light and spectrum too. This gives them and advantage by never having to close there eyes they are watch all the time. The slimy
non-adhesive coating allows debris to slid right off.
i actually just had this argument with a couple of friends and some bio teachers...and we decided that some fish have eyelids...clear ones...but eyelids none the least


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Too low down the phyla. ;) Our eyes develop behind an unbroken covering, then it breaches, and, blink, we have eyelids. Fish are 'done' before they get that far along, so the covering on their eyes never breaches. Howzzat for a nice piece of flimflam?