Amazing Macro Photos Of Animal Eyes


Photographer Suren Manvelyan has produced an amazing collection of photographs of eyes over the last couple of years.  He started with a phenomenal set of images from human eyes and has now expanded his collections to include 3 sets of animal eyes. Part 1, Part 2 and now Part 3.

Spending some time looking through them is a good investment, particularly if you consider the evolution that has shaped the biology as looking at the different structures of the outer eyes gives you clues as to the environments these organisms live in.

NIH/NEI Audacious Goals Brochure

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The NIH/NEI Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) brochure is being distributed to researchers as well as public and private funding agencies and advocacy groups for an effort to fund vision research and vision rescues to regenerate portions of the retina that are lost in disease.

From the brochure: “The AGI began with the Audacious Goals Challenge, a prize competition that challenged participants to imagine the greatest achievement for vision research during the next 10-15 years. The challenge attracted more than 450 innovative proposals from around the world. The NEI consolidated the proposals into six themes, which were further explored by leading experts at the Audacious Goals Development Meeting.

In consultation with the National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC), the NEI chose to pursue the goal of restoring vision through the regeneration of neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system, specifically targeting the photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells.”

You can download the full resolution brochure in pdf format here.

A Different Lens

Jery October has put together a supercut/short film of a montage of eyes in cinema set to Jackson Browne’s Doctor My Eyes.  The short was edited by Bob Joyce and presented at the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony which benefitted The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

It starts with City Lights, one of my favorite Charlie Chaplin films, and proceeds to include images from an incredible cinematic retrospective.  See if you can guess which movies they came from.



Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research


The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research.

The BECKMAN-ARGYROS AWARD IN VISION RESEARCH is an annual award established in 2013 to honor and celebrate a decades-long friendship of two remarkable men, Dr. Arnold O. Beckman and Ambassador George L. Argyros, and to continue their commitment, dedication and shared vision to make the world a better place. The Beckman-Argyros Award honors Ambassador Argyros for his 22 years of service as Chairman of the Board of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and recognizes the special and unique friendship he shared with Arnold O. Beckman for over forty years.

The Beckman – Argyros Award in Vision Research is intended to reward one individual who has made significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research.

In an unprecedented recognition of extraordinary achievement in scientific research and to further support this research, one award will be made annually.  The recipient will receive a total of $500,000 along with a commemorative medallion.

In contemplating potential nominees, please keep in mind that while the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation currently supports one Initiative which focuses solely on macular degeneration (MD); the Beckman-Argyros Award is separate and apart from said Initiative and is not intended to focus solely on MD, but the broader spectrum of vision research.

All of the details regarding the Beckman Argyros Award in Vision Research and Nomination Process may be found at the following website:

Nominations are due: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Online Submissions Only:

Please do not hesitate to contact the Beckman-Argyros Program Administrator at if you have any questions.