Museum of Vision

Dedicated to preserving ophthalmic history

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  1. Selections from the Sherman Collection
  2. History of Ophthalmology in the Asia Pacific
  3. Their Eyes to the Sky
  4. Great Insights and Great Thinkers in Ophthalmology
  5. Beyond Ophthalmology, Beyond the Clinic
  6. Extreme Vision: Science Fiction or Truth
  7. Contagion! Epidemics in Ophthalmic History
  8. The Eyes of War
  9. Spectacular Spectacles
  10. To Fool the Eye
  11. Windows to the Soul
  12. Picturing The Eye: Ophthalmic Film and Photography
  13. Collecting Ophthalmology: 30 Years at the Museum

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Windows to the Soul

Eyes and vision are powerful symbols of deities and knowledge.  Explore ancient and modern legends from around the world.


A popular English proverb declares that the eyes are the windows to the soul.  This metaphor illustrates just one way eyes have been used as a powerful symbol of the supernatural.  Over the years they have represented deities, spiritual awakening and knowledge – the all-seeing and the all-powerful.

Older superstitions and rituals have not totally given way to modern times.  As we will see, cultures and governments around the world have adopted these symbols, making the eye a powerful emblem even today.

German ducat, 18thC



  1. Eye Temple of Brak
  2. Eye of Horus
  3. The Evil Eye
  4. Eyes of Buddha
  5. Eye of God
  6. Patron Saints of Eyes and Vision
  7. Ex-voto and Milagros


American Academy of Ophthalmology