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ABOUT THE RETINA

What is the Retina?

retinaThe retina is the nerve layer that lines the back of the eye. It senses light and then converts it into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain through the optic nerve. There is a small area in the retina called the macula that contains special light-sensitive cells that is responsible for our central vision and allow us to see fine details clearly.

In front of the retina, there is a large space in the middle of the eye that is filled with a clear, jelly-like substance called the vitreous. It helps give support and structure to the eye and it contains millions of fine fibers that are attached to parts of the retina.

If you think of the eye as a camera, the retina would be equivalent to the film of a camera. Without a properly functioning retina, vision can be severely compromised.

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