Museum of Vision

Dedicated to preserving ophthalmic history

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  1. Selections from the Sherman Collection
  2. History of Ophthalmology in the Asia Pacific
  3. Their Eyes to the Sky
  4. Great Insights and Great Thinkers in Ophthalmology
  5. Beyond Ophthalmology, Beyond the Clinic
  6. Extreme Vision: Science Fiction or Truth
  7. Contagion! Epidemics in Ophthalmic History
  8. The Eyes of War
  9. Spectacular Spectacles
  10. To Fool the Eye
  11. Windows to the Soul
  12. Picturing The Eye: Ophthalmic Film and Photography
  13. Collecting Ophthalmology: 30 Years at the Museum

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WWII Aviation Map
WWII Aviation Map

Their Eyes to the Sky

When man took to the sky in sustained flight, new possibilities burgeoned which changed the world. No longer were people bound to the land or sea for travel. With this new innovation came aviation medicine, dedicated to the health of pilots, aircrews, and more recently, to those involved in space flight. This exhibit offers a look at the history of flight and ophthalmology.

Vision is the most important of the five senses for a pilot. In addition to mental alertness, sound judgment, and quick reflexes, vision allows the pilot to examine his or her surroundings and base crucial decisions on the information that the eye transmits to the brain. Health, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and atmospheric conditions all contribute to eye function while in flight.

--Many thanks for Their Eyes to the Sky goes to Maureen Bourbin, Guest Curator



  1. What is Aviation Medicine?
  2. G-Forces, Duane and Bethke
  3. Visual Acuity and Accommodation
  4. Color Vision
  5. Aviation's Contribution to Ophthalmology


American Academy of Ophthalmology