Vision Science Instructional Lectures

McPherson ERI Vision Science Instructional Lectures offer foundational instruction in the fundamentals of vision for graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, faculty and staff in any department.  Lectures are intended to fill training gaps for those entering a new research domain, and to provide background knowledge to support development of new collaborations.  The first three lectures will give an overview of the architecture and function of the eye. Human and animal eyes are included, providing a comparative ocular morphology perspective. [*If you wish to view lectures I & II before attending the third, see below.]

Christopher J. Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO, is an expert in comparative ocular anatomy, a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist, and Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine & Medicine at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Murphy has advanced training and expertise in corneal diseases and surgery, comparative physiological optics, and ocular diseases of laboratory and exotic animal species.  He is Professor Emeritus at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison and a longstanding member of the McPherson Eye Research Institute.  He is also founder and CEO of OSOD (Ocular Services on Demand), a consortium of internationally recognized vision experts based in Madison, WI.

Dr. Chris Murphy’s first & second lectures in this series of three on Functional Morphology of the Eye have been posted on a password-protected Vimeo site, and can be viewed online but cannot be downloaded.

Lecture 1 – Functional Morphology of the Eye: Part I covers the eye as a whole, tear film, cornea and sclera (presented Friday, February 24, 2017)

Lecture 2 – Functional Morphology of the Eye: Part II covers the iridocorneal angle, anterior uveal tract, aqueous production and outflow (presented May 15, 2017)

Lecture 3 – Functional Morphology of the Eye: Part III (presented August 21, 2017) covers the posterior segment: choroid, retina, and optical media (lens and vitreous)

Video footage of Lectures 1 & 2 is available to view with this link and a password: Vision Science Instruction Lecture videos. This viewing opportunity is available only to McPherson Eye Research Institute members and to trainees & associates within member research groups. Please contact Gail Stirr ( to request the password.