The eyes are often referred to as the window to the soul. True or not it does have some merit behind the saying.Think about it. What is the one thing that a person looks at and gets feelings from? The eyes.
The eye represents watching, knowing , observing what is happening around them. In ancient mythology, the god Oden traded his eye to the powers that be so that the crow or Raven could fly into the world and tell Oden all that they saw. Thus the large black bird became a sign of foreboding.
The eye has been represented in horror stories from a creature that comes in the fog to a demon type spirit consisting of an enormous round eye with tentacles . At the end of each tentacle an eye.
Science fiction creatures that are drawn and designed may be missing all other forms of human anatomy but somewhere on them, there is an eye. Most have more than two. Many are compound type eyes.
There are songs and poems about eyes. Do you remember songs and poems about ears, toes or how about noses? You can always find an eye in mythology, folk tales or suspense tales. You can change the whole mood of a story or movie describing a certain look someone is giving another character, There are as many types of eyes and looks as there are stories.
Could you imagine using the nose or ears like that? the reader would think the writer was crazy. Yes, you can use an action with the nose, but it dose not work as well as a certain look from the eye.
The beast lay there unable to get up. Terri walked over and gingerly sniffed at it. The little dog then wrinkled its nose and walked away.
The beast lay there unable to get up. Terri walked over and with sharp little button eyes examined the carcass. Then squinting against the sunlight walked away.
Which gives you a clearer picture in your mind. Of course, the best thing would be to combine the two and add a few of the other senses to the paragraph.
Adding and taking away colors to eyes can say a lot more to the reader then a paragraph of words. Eyes are and always have been very important to all the cultures of man throughout time.