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NEW Course Spotlight: Double-Header: Game 1: Super Heroes of Vision, & Game 2: Ten Coolest Eyes on the Planet

Posted By Elaine Lok, Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NEW Course Spotlight: Double-Header: Game 1: Super Heroes of Vision, &  Game 2: Ten Coolest Eyes on the Planet

Date:  Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 2:45PM

Speaker:  Ivan Schwab, MD 

Studying the animal eye has helped us develop new advances in the field of Ophthalmology.

Photographers are sometimes called upon to image mice, rabbits, and other creatures, but none so unusual as these:

Game 1: Super Heroes of Vision: Evolution has provided

at least 10 different optical designs including the compound, camera style and simple eye with mirror, scanning or telephoto optics. Some of these ocular designs are merely curiosities, but others offer the finest visual potential packed into a small space limited only by the laws of diffraction or physiological optics. We will review the top five of these including an animal that can withstand 1000x gravity, an animal that can see through stone, an animal that can see without sunlight, an animal that is a successful predator 95% of the time, and an animal that has the best vision on the planet. We should be so lucky.

Game 2: Ten Coolest Eyes on the Planet: Sensory organs evolve in lockstep with their owners to help them fit the niche these animals occupy. Some of the niches are difficult or unique and the corresponding eyes are so unusual as to be unbelievable. Each animal that occupies a niche different from our own has an eye with different optics and ocular physiology than we have. Some of these eyes are beyond our imagination and some of these eyes are the very best evolution has to offer. We will review the top ten.

At the conclusion of this presentation the student will be able to discuss how several different optical designs relate to eyes in animals. They will also be able to elaborate on how evolution has adapted these designs for vision to each animal’s advantage in sometimes strange circumstances. Understanding animal vision and varying optical design provides the attendee with an appreciation of and a contrast to their knowledge of the human eye and its own limitations.

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Michael P. Kelly, FOPS says...
Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ivan Schwab is engaged in research on ocular surface disease, and was the first person in the United States to transplant bioengineered tissue to the ocular surface in 1999. With an interest in comparative optics and physiology, Professor Schwab has published a book entitled “Evolution’s Witness: How Eyes Evolved." He has also given a TEDx OrangeCounty presentation that is availble to view on the web. Its quite a coup for us OPSers to snag Dr. Schwab to speak at our Annual Meeting!
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