BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 12220

The human eye

The human eye
Key Info
  • The human eye
  • Duration: 05:06
  • A tour of the eye with an explanation of how we see in normal life is followed by a real life example of divers in the Moken tribe in Thailand whose eyes have adapted to enable them to see clearly underwater. It describes the main anatomy and function of the eye and also goes further in using an extraordinary example to highlight the human ability to adapt to situations. Created especially for Class Clips from the BBC series Inside the Human Body, first broadcast in May 2011. See other Class Clips from 'Inside the Human Body' at:
  • Subject:



    Bio: Human Body

  • Keywords: rod cells, cone cells, retina, eye, sight, fovea, brain, insidethehumanbody, Michael Mosley
Ideas for use in class
  • This footage could be either used for the initial 3D visuals, the real life story, or both. The way the diver has adapted could lead to physics investigations looking at focal length and aperture- possibly linking with pin hole cameras. More about the series Inside the Human Body can be seen on its website:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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