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Cow Eye Dissection at Local San Ramon Elementary Schools

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What would be a good way to teach children about eye health? Last semester, I started visiting local elementary schools in San Ramon to teach children about eye anatomy and eye health by dissecting a cow eye.  This  provided a hands-on learning experience and the students were  eager to learn about the eye.  I started my presentation by going over eye anatomy and answered questions from students.  Then the best part, I proceed to dissect the cow eye.  

80% of what we learned is through our eyes.  If we cannot see then we cannot learn.  Children must have the visual skills necessary to succeed in school.  These visual skills are assessed during an eye examination by your eye doctor. That is why it is so important to have your child’s eye examined before they start school. I also educated the students on the importance of taking breaks from digital devices and how it can lead to eye strain, fatigue, and other health problems. 

At the end of the dissection, students were able to touch and feel the cow eye which is always fun to watch!   Each student also received learning materials and a pair of sunglasses to remind them of the importance of sun protection. It was a truly rewarding experience and I would like to thank the teachers for all their support and help. I am looking forward to visiting more schools this semester to educate children on eye health.

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