THE VISION CENTRE
MONDAY, 29 JULY 2013
Look after your eyes – they are at least half a billion years old, and a good deal older than your brain.
The eyes are one of our most remarkable and precious organs, yet their origins have been shrouded in mystery until quite recently, explains Professor Trevor Lamb of The Vision Centre and Australian National University, who has devoted more than 30 years to investigating their secrets.
Prof. Lamb has just published a major scientific review of the origin of the vertebrate eye and vision, summarising the findings of hundreds of scientists round the world.
“There are profound questions about the eye which are still not easy to answer because it appeared so very long ago,” he says. “Why did the eye develop? Why are there many different kinds of eye, including one for insects and crustaceans – and one for vertebrates like us?