Anatomy Of The Eye
The eye can be compared to a camera. They both gather light and transform it into a picture that we can interpret. They both focus the incoming light with the help of a lens. The eye uses the retina to produce an image whilst the camera uses film. To learn more about the inner workings of the eye, just click on the name of the corresponding part in the animation.
Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Human Eye
The eye allows us to see and interpret the shapes, colors, and dimensions of objects in the world by processing the light they reflect or emit. The eye is able to see in bright light or in dim light, but it cannot see objects when light is absent.
Cow’s Eye Dissection
One of the most popular demonstrations at the Exploratorium. For many years it has helped people satisfy their curiosity about what is inside an eye.
The Exploratorium: Seeing
Seeing is subjective: Each of us sees the world differently.
Seeing is active: Our eyes and brains construct the world we see.
Seeing is interpreting light: Light carries information into our eyes.
Eye Anatomy and Function
Learn some ways to investigate the sense of sight, and find out how to plan and conduct your own experiments.
Joy of Visual Perception
An online book about how the eye perceives color, depth and so much more. Try out the optical illusions, too, and learn how the eye is too often fooled.
The Science of Sight: Getting the Picture
Dr. Nathans will discuss how the visual process involves the detection of light by photo-receptors in the retina. A video about an hour long. A lecture on vision.
Vision Experiments for Kids
One of the most dramatic experiments to perform is the demonstration of the blind spot. Make colors appear using only black and white! Two eyes are definitely better than one. These and more experiments to help you understand how your vision works.
While much of this site is for advanced students, those older students needing some good basic information will find it here, too.
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