About the Retina
The human eye is an incredibly sophisticated yet delicate organ that provides us with our primary means of gathering information – vision. At the core of our eye’s ability to see is the tiny but mighty retina.
Located in the back of the eye, the retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive tissue that controls our central vision and makes it possible for us to read, see color, recognize faces, see in fine detail, and so much more. The retina performs this feat by receiving light that enters the eye through the lens, translating the light into neural signals, and sending the signals to the brain via the optic nerve. The brain interprets these signals and transforms them into an image.
Although the retina measures only about an inch in diameter and is only about 0.5 mm thick, it contains approximately 200 million neurons, which includes two types of photoreceptors – rods and cones. At the very center of the retina is the macula, an oval-shaped, pigmented area of tissue. It is the main mechanism within the retina that controls central vision.
Due to its delicate nature, the retina is susceptible to a wide variety of conditions, ranging from hereditary disorders, acquired diseases, complications of other conditions, and the natural effects of aging.
Since 1981, Vitreoretinal Consultants of NY has dedicated a laser-sharp focus to the treatment and management of retinal conditions. Our doctors are bound together by more than just the sum of their extensive knowledge. Each member of our team is driven by a deep commitment to providing the highest level of patient-centered care.
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