The human eye is an intricate, sophisticated organ. Having a basic understanding of its structures can help you care for your vision and enjoy healthy eyesight for many years to come.
At Gordon Wong Eye Designs and Optometry, we offer comprehensive vision care for the entire family. Here, our La Jolla, CA team explores the anatomy of the eye and explains how all of its elements work together to help you see clearly.
The eye is spherical and slightly asymmetrical, measuring about one inch in diameter. The parts of the eye that are typically visible include the:
The inside of the eyeball is filled with vitreous, a clear, gel-like substance. This helps the eyeball hold its shape. The retina makes up the inner lining of the eyeball, and is actually made of several layers of cells, which convert light into electrical impulses. The optic nerve, located behind the eye, then carries these impulses to the brain.
When it comes to vision, light is the single most important factor. Once light reflects off of an object, it enters the eye. After passing through a thin layer of tears, it moves through the cornea, which aids in focusing light.
The light then passes through the aqueous humor, a liquid that circulates around the front part of your eye, keeping pressure constant. Next, the light is focused by the pupil as it hits the eye lens. After passing through the vitreous in the center of the eyeball, the light finally reaches its destination: the retina. This process is how vision is born.
Your eyes are amazing, delicate, organs. It is important to care for them properly to avoid potential complications. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you protect your vision:
Vision care is an essential aspect of overall wellness. If it has been some time since your last eye examination, schedule an appointment with us. Call us at (858) 454-4699 or contact us online anytime.