This book stands out in capturing how the design of artificial eyes has advanced over time. From ancient Egyptians using clay fake eyes to modern orbital implants, the author describes challenges and triumphs of these designs.
The thorough descriptions within each of the 4 chapters enables teachers and students to understand the complexity of the eye and the comprehensive process of its replacement. Another exciting feature of this book is in the details it provides related to the future of artificial eyes. Some individuals and organizations are working on improving looks and making them more accessible, while others are working on restoring vision. The inclusion of 3–D imaging and current technology, will inspire students to continue reading and conducting additional research.
This book would be a great addition to any upper elementary or middle school classroom. It can be used at the beginning of a discussion on the senses or incorporated during a unit on vital organs. It could fit perfectly in a center where students can read and discuss in small groups, or it can be utilized as a read aloud. This book encompasses many STEM connections. Not only does it give important scientific information about the eye, but it also helps students see the steps involved in designing artificial eyes. Students will understand that the process includes concepts related to intricate shaping, patterns, calculations, and the use of advanced technology. In addition to its STEM value, this book can be used in a language arts classroom. Students will be able to complete summaries, time–lines, and graphic organizers. Teachers can utilize common eye–related sayings like, “The eyes are the windows to the soul” to incorporate into their figurative language lesson. I would highly recommend this book. Its contents are definitely “more than meets the eye”. NSTA, November 2016
This entry in the Tech Bytes series sets its sights on one particularly intriguing technological enhancement. Packed tight with detail, this comprehensive guide to the development and use of the artificial eye kicks off in ancient civilizations, when eye loss was common due to hand-to-hand combat and artificial eyes were still in the early stages of development. Now, eye loss is due primarily to diseases like cancer or military accidents, and artificial eyes are less about reassuring onlookers and more about maintaining the health of the face, especially for children who are still growing. This is fairly text-heavy, with occasional illustrations depicting diagrams of the eye or the creation of artificial eyes (using everything from molds to 3-D printers), but the subject matter is fascinating, and this is certainly thorough enough to aid in classroom research. Booklist, October 2016