On Monday, we went on a field trip to Pacific University's Optometry school to learn more about light and how our eyes work. Our trip was filled with learning about eye anatomy, experiencing optical illusions, and even seeing a real brain! We learned that there is a hole in our eye (the pupil!) that light enters our eye through allowing us to see.
We felt like real optometry students in the lecture hall, anatomy classroom, and the clinic lab. Taking a closer look at an eye was fascinating, we even saw a contact lens sitting on the eye! Many of our questions were answered on the trip; we had been wondering why it is painful and bad to look directly at the sun. It is because ultraviolet radiation from the sun can burn our eyes, just like it does our skin when you get a sunburn. Thank you Dr. Horn for teaching us more about light, vision, and eyes!