Friday, April 3, 2009

Do You See What I See? A Photo Essay.

Our tools of the trade.

I didn't find this particular beef at my local super market.

Almost 16 . . . and he still can't wink!

Separating the cornea from the sclera.
This cow's eyeball was tough! That's my scrapbooking X-Acto knife! Craft day will never be the same!

The cornea.

The iris and pupil.

Eye lens removed from socket with the vitreous humor surround.

The lens with the vitreous humor removed.

Eye ball flipped inside out to reveal the tapetum, which is a portion of the eye that human beings do not have. This is what makes animal's eyes glow in the dark (or when you try to photograph them) and allows them to be able to see in low-light situations.

Getting down to an entirely different kind of work.
Please pass the bleach!!!


I see a wonderful weekend up ahead. I hope you all see the same!


P. S. All of the above knowledge is courtesy of Baby Boy. I'm just glad that, with the assistance of extremely strong contact lenses, I can still see.


Until next time . . .


11 comments:

Rebel said...

Cool, thanks for the science lesson. I taught a dissecting class at my house to a group of 11-13 year olds a couple of years ago. They did the usual, worm, grasshopper, crayfish, frog, and fetal pig. No cow eyeballs, though.

Jason, as himself said...

Bleck. I remember doing this same dissection. The worst part was the smell.

I guess a job in the medical field is out for me, right?

Good to hear from you.

Ami said...

Oh yum. Did you make soup afterward?

My kids did the dissection thing, too, but no eyeballs. Thanks to the magic of the internet, we don't have to. We can just look at your blog.:)

Holly said...

That was my personal least favorite when I was teaching. And I always had to pretend it didn't bother me. Yeah, like eye jello didn't bother me. And that is the professional, scientific term. Eye jello. Really. Look it up.

obimomkenobi said...

Aren't eyes just amazing?! It looks like he did a nice job there.

:)De said...

Oh the memories of dissecting.

or....

I've 'seen' that done before.

Hardy har har!

Katy said...

Ew ew ew ew!

You have a stronger stomach than I do!

kitten said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing!
Glad all is going well your way!

topsytechie said...

Oh my soul, woman! Couldn't you have put up some kind of obligatory warning at the top of the post about what KIND of photo essay this was going to be??!! I was actually trying to eat pudding while reading your blog. No more appetite for pudding now...or maybe ever! ;)

mwell said...

Oooh I shouldn't have looked!
I am so squeamish when it comes to eyes! I can't even wear contacts!

Good for Baby Boy for being brave, though!

Michelle

Paula said...

You are one brave woman! Baby Boy looks like he was having fun, but I'll just echo the sentiment of ew!

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