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Middle School Students Study Bovine Eyeballs in Science Lab

Middle School Students Study Bovine Eyeballs in Science Lab

November 11, 2019

Emmanuel's seventh and eighth grade students were given the opportunity to dissect bovine eyeballs in science lab. Dr. Christina Munn from Skyland Animal Hospital shared her day and knowledge of animal anatomy.


Why a cow eye dissection? In large part, because of its similarities to the human eye.

The human eye is one of the most complex and sophisticated organs in the body. Although it’s small and delicate, the eye allows us to see the world without any conscious effort.

The eye’s automatic focusing system is faster and more precise than that of any camera. While a camera lens must be moved back and forth to adjust for distance, the lens of the human eye simply changes shape.

A cow’s eye, like other farm animal organs, is similar to our eyes. One benefit of a cow eye dissection is that by examining the anatomy of a preserved eye, you can learn how your own eye forms images of the world and sends them to your brain. Another is career potential: farmers, ranchers, and veterinarians (among others) must be intimately familiar with cow eyes to perform their jobs well.