Free Curriculum Created to Help Educators Teach the Science of Vision to Children Age 10-14

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Teacher Workbooks Available Free Online for Download

Animal Eyes Booklet

I am VERY appreciative of the [educational] materials...I know that they would be very helpful for me in teaching my students about the eye and its wonders.

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For 30 years, the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Museum of Vision has provided educational material for physicians, teachers and parents interested in teaching children about the eye, vision and ophthalmology. The museum has created an entire curriculum to teach children about the fascinating and spectacular science of vision. The museum’s materials are suitable for ages 10-14, but can be adapted for other age groups. The guides are available for free online at

"I am VERY appreciative of the (educational) materials...I know that they would be very helpful for me in teaching my students about the eye and its wonders." -Scott A. Blanchard, Biscotti Educational Center, Macomb MI

The free teacher workbooks created by the museum focus on the human eye, the differences between human and animal vision, perspective and how the brain processes images like optical illusions and 3D. The guides are filled with discussion points and fun interactive activities.

  •     Eye Openers: Exploring Optical Illusions is designed to help educators teach basic concepts of vision including binocular vision, persistence of vision, and eye-brain connection. It includes activities for youngsters and provides appropriate handouts. Suitable for audiences ages 11 and up.
  •     Animal Eyes® describes the basic concepts of vision and explores the amazing eyes of the animal kingdom. The booklet teaches about the human visual system, how human eyes differ from animal eyes, seeing in the dark, and color vision.
  •     Art and Vision: Seeing in 3D® describes the concepts of vision and special visual techniques that help to create the illusion of depth. It includes sections on size scaling, overlapping, atmospheric perspective, and linear perspective.

How to get the curriculum guides
Those interested can download the free PDF version of the guides online by visiting Once there, click on the link “Read More” found under any of the three booklets. A new page will open with the appropriate booklet information. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a free downloadable version of the booklet.

About the Museum of Vision
The Museum of Vision is an educational program of The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It is the only institution in the United States whose sole purpose is to preserve the history of ophthalmology and celebrate its unique contributions to science and health. The Museum of Vision is dedicated to preserving ophthalmic history and translating it into an educational resource for use by Academy members, medical historians, researchers and the public as they seek to understand ophthalmology's contributions to society and address similar challenges today and in the future. For more information on the Museum of Vision, visit:
NOTE to Media: High-resolution images are available upon request.
Media contact: Allison Neves, Director of Public Relations – 415-447-0385


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