A New Museum of the Eye Coming to San Francisco

A New Museum of the Eye Coming to San Francisco


The American Academy of Ophthalmology is
creating a physical home in San Francisco for the Museum of Vision. A
museum established over 30 years ago to celebrate the unique contributions of
ophthalmology to science and health. We need an ophthalmology museum. For decades , the Academy has been collecting the treasures of our profession we have over
34,000 fascinating beautiful books, artifacts and instruments, most of which
no one ever sees. You know, most of our collection is in storage. This project
will bring it out and display it in a world-class setting right here in San
Francisco at the academy’s headquarters. It couldn’t be a more perfect location
for a stunning collection. This museum is a great opportunity for the public to
learn about how the eye works and it has artifacts about how we see, how the
retina is the film in our camera, how the cornea stays clear, how the lens focuses.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for the public of all ages to come in and
learn about the eye, to learn about the history of vision, to
learn about what eye doctors can do so we’ve been hopeful for 40 years that
what is now coming to fruition will occur. I’m gonna be overjoyed when I walk
into the Museum of Vision of the American Academy of Ophthalmology this
time next year in San Francisco. We can design interactive exhibits using
cutting-edge technology to help the public appreciate the value of sight, the
role of the ophthalmologist and the impact of eye disease. In medical school,
we only had about two hours of exposure to opthamology so a museum would cast a wider net and allow more people to learn about our amazing field. My kids are 12
and 14 and they are the perfect ages to be coming in and seeing this kind of
environment. The story that we’re going to be telling is about innovation and
the way that ophthalmology has pushed the envelope for thousands of years.

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