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Understanding the Retina

The retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive nerve tissue lining the back of your eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina from the cornea (the transparent layer in the front of the eye which covers the iris and pupil) lens, and pupil. The retina and cornea both coordinate to function like a camera. With the retina functioning like a camera lens, the lens of the eye focuses light and images onto the retina where they are sent to the brain. It is important for the eye's lens to remain clear so that light can effectively and clearly pass through. The retina converts the light rays coming through the eye into electric impulses that travel through the optic nerve to your brain. The brain interprets the impulses into the images we see. If the normal connection of the optic nerve between the retina and the brain is damaged, impulse transmission issues will result in distorted vision.

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Making sure your eye's retina remains healthy is vital. It is important to have a regular eye exam with your ophthalmologist in order to monitor the health of your eye.

Some common retinal conditions include:

Macular Degeneration

Diabetic Eye Care

Retinal Artery/ Retinal Vein Occlusion