Hold an apple in front of you. What do you see? How do you see it? Sure, light bounces off the apple and into a couple of glassy globes in your face, but what happens then? What happens if you’re wearing glasses, or if the eyes malfunction? How can we repair them?
The eye is just a part of the complex visual system, which belongs to the central nervous system and is in charge of interpreting all the information that we get from visible light and building up a representation that our brain can understand.
In this zone we’ll meet 5 scientists looking at vision in some way. There is a scientist working on bugs on contact lenses that can eat away at your eyes, and one using stem cells to repair damaged blood vessels in damaged eyes. One of the scientists is teaching computers to see and understand the world around them, and another measuring if people are paying attention. Finally, one investigates how we see in the dark or when dazzled by bright lights.
You can find out more about the scientists in this zone, and what they work on by reading their profiles. Click on their names at the top of this page to find out more!