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The Art of Seeing Without the Light
May 16, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMFree
A public lecture and hands-on optics activities with a focus on how light is involved in our vision and why some people can’t see the world as it should be
30 minutes lecture followed by 90 minutes of hands-on activities
Did you know that 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind, and 246 have low vision? In Australia itself, there are nearly 400,000 blind or visually impaired people. But, what does it mean to be visually impaired? Aren’t you either blind or you aren’t? Is that allowed? How does that work? What does it look like?
Come along to learn all about it! We will begin by explaining the structure and function of the eye and how light is involved in the vision process. Furthermore, various eye conditions will be discussed, along with how light-based technology strives towards improving the health of people who are visually impaired. After the lecture, you will be given an opportunity to learn more optics by hands-on optics experiments ready for you.