The Eyes Have It: A Look at Vision

October 16, 2008

Speaker: Dr. Robert Holmberg

Date & Time: October 16, 2008, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Athabasca University, Woodlands Room
1 University Drive, Athabasca, Alberta.

Synopsis: To celebrate Science and Technology Week, biologist Robert Holmberg will answer such questions as:

  • What makes an octopus eye better than a human eye?
  • Are dogs really colour blind?
  • What colours can a bee see?
  • What disease causes most blindness in older humans and what can be done about it?

This will be an illustrated talk on light receptors in organisms, with a focus on humans. Topics will include the simple light receptors in algae, plants, and “lower” invertebrates as well the complex eyes of “higher” invertebrates and vertebrates. Various human eye disorders will be covered, including: astigmatism, colour blindness, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Current treatments and possible future cures will also be discussed.

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