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Dissecting Eyes in Biology

This week, Dr. Julie Wolfova, Townshend’s science teacher, guided the Level II biology class through a dissection of the eye. Each pair of students was given a fresh cow eye, and was able to see first-hand the inner structures. They cut through the cornea, unveiled the iris, delivered the lens and the vitreous body, and then examined the retina, choroid, and optic nerve. As a part of Townshend’s effort to lend a real-life perspective to the classroom work, Dr. Wolfova had invited another of our staff members, Dr. David Khorram, an eye surgeon and teacher, to join the class. Before the dissection he described common surgical procedures such as cataract surgery, and laser surgery for diabetic retinopathy, and answered questions about eye disease and blindness. “Eyes Rock!”

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