What is the Retina?

The retina is the innermost nerve layer that lines the back of the eye. Many ophthalmologists compare this to the film inside a camera. The retina is responsible for processing the images projected onto it and then the optic nerve transmits this to the brain. The retina is noted by many people as one of the most sensitive parts of the eye because it is actually connected to the optic nerve. (Optic nerve connects to the brain) The retina is susceptible to many types of diseases that we will detail in the web pages of this section.

Common Retina Problems:

Illustrated diagram of the eye with floaters and flashes

  • Flashes and Floaters – Floaters are spots or lines that seem to float in a person’s field of vision. The affected person may see these accompanied by flashes of light coming from the side of the eye.
  • Retinal Detachment – A retinal detachment is a condition where the tissues of the retina separate from the back of the eye.