SCENE + HEARD: Daily Post Muscles of the Eyes By Staff Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:13 PM Six skeletal muscles surround the eye and control the many diverse movements of the eyes. These muscles, although small and not particularly strong, are exceptionally fast and precise. They allow the eye to perform many complex tasks, including tracking moving objects, scanning for objects, and maintaining a stable image on the retina. Six skeletal muscles surround and move the eye, working against each other to produce various eye movements. Read More.