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目 mù means eye, and you will see it used in idioms, however in colloqiual speech people mostly use 眼 yǎn to refer to eyes.

目 is a very productive component which provides the meaning of eye/eyesight in meaning characters.

In the character story there is a video with an interacive transcript which shows the history of 目.

239
eye; to look, to see; division, topic
An eye drawn on its side
oracle
bronze
seal
mnemonic
目 as a component
méi
1458
eyebrows; upper margin of book
Picture of hair  above an eye 
oracle
bronze
seal
mnemonic
yǎn
281
eyelet, hole, opening
kàn
76
to look, to see; to examine, to scrutinize
Shielding one's eyes  with a hand to look to the distance
seal
mnemonic
shuì
962
to sleep, to doze
When your eyes droop, it sounds like it's sleep time
miàn
74
face; facing; surface, side; plane, dimension. Also flour in simplified.
A face with a (nose) in the middle. Compare other heads .
oracle
seal

Once you know the components the meaning should be obvious!

máng
2075
blind; shortsighted; unperceptive

相 is a phonetic component in some important characters (想, 箱 and 湘). We will have a separate post on this character.

xiāng
152
mutual, reciprocal; equal; each other
To stare  at a tree , meaning to observe
Tree stares at you and you reciprocate. There is a mutual relationship between the observer and the observed.

見 is a another very important component which will have it's own post.

jiàn
(Simpl.)
153
to see, to observe, to meet, to appear
A man  with the eye  emphasized
oracle
bronze
seal

目 can mean a type of something for example catalogue, 節目. Categories that the eyes can perceive

Sometimes the eye has kept it's horizontal shape 德 and 蔑 but it's fine to learn it as a net