The only thing you can see is
In order to see light, the light
must enter your eyes.
If no light enters your eyes, you
will see nothing - - only darkness.
What can you see in a dark
Shadows are black because the
body is blocking all the light.
Seeing a shadow is seeing the
absence of light.
The eye adapts to varying
This is similar to
the shutter of a
The eye “sees” an object when bundles
of diverging rays from each point on the
object enter the pupil and are focused to
an image on the retina.
Two types of
•Easier to see far away things.
•The eye’s lens is too weak.
•The image would focus past the retina
(back of the eye).
•A convergent lens helps the eye out by
focusing the light a bit before it enters the
•Easier to see close up
•Lens is too strong.
•The image focuses before the
retina (back of the eye).
•A divergent lens is used to spread
the light out a bit before it enters
A person who sees more clearly under water than in
air without eyeglasses is…
1) Nearsighted 2) farsighted
Nearsighted! The speed of light in water is less than in air,
so the change in speed is less as light goes from water to
your eye. Less refraction occurs.
This makes all people more farsighted under water, which is
advantageous if you’re nearsighted. If you’re very
nearsighted, the image may fall on your retina and you’ll see
as clearly under water as a person with normal vision who
wears an air-enclosed mask.
Color Blindness - What
number do you see?
Stare at the O with only
your right eye.
Square A and B are the same shade of grey
Stare at the