Monday, April 3 –
The World Health Organization estimates that 285 million people around the world are visually impaired and 39 million of those individuals are blind. In order to treat unhealthy eyes and help people with vision loss, it’s important to understand how healthy eyes work. Rachel Hutto has focused her study on specialized cells in the eye called rods and cones, specifically how they move electrical charges around to communicate.
Alison Weber studies how our eyes adapt to different light levels, allowing us to see across a range of conditions—from bright, sunny days to dim, starlit nights. Even though we typically don’t notice it, this adaptation is occurring constantly and is crucial for creating our rich and seamless visual experience.
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