2018 AMI Online Salon

Eye of the Storm

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Caitlin Mock; Rochester, Minnesota
  • Client: Discovery’s Edge Magazine, Mayo Clinic
  • Copyright: © 2017 Mayo Clinic
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Printed, 2 page spread
  • Primary audience: Healthcare providers and educated patients and benefactors

Project Description

This editorial illustration metaphorically summarizes the journal’s main article concerning Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy, a hereditary eye disease.

The eye is in the midst of a storm. Rain pours out of thunderheads while lightning strikes the surface of a landscape in turmoil. In Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy, fluid regulating cells at the base of the cornea slowly deteriorate. This causes fluid to collect and the cornea to become cloudy and swollen, ultimately impairing vision. In advanced stages of the disease, enough fluid can collect beneath the surface of the cornea that blisters can form and rupture. These symptoms can be seen on the landscape of the eye as the storm settles in overhead.