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Light InSight Lecture Series John Werner presents: Art, Aging and the Visual System

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, John Werner, Ophthalmology & Vision Science, University of California, Davis will present “Art, Aging and the Visual System” as part of the College’s Light InSight Lecture Series.


Substantial age-related change occurs in the optics of the human eye and in retinal neural pathways. It is often expected that color perception will be altered in the elderly due to brunescence of the aging lens. This expectation is sensible, but wrong. We shall illustrate this through one of the most celebrated case studies purported to show the opposite, the cataract of the French Impressionist, Claude Monet. His paintings and recent laboratory results demonstrate that the visual system continuously renormalizes itself to maintain stabile perception throughout the life span.