Your retina is the light-sensitive layer located at the back of you eye, and covers the inside of your eye. The retina allows the light entering your eye to be converted into nerve impulses that go to the brain. The amount of light that enters your eye is controlled by the iris, which then passes light on to the retina.

The retina is generally very red, because it has a rich supply of blood. Your doctor will check the color and appearance of your retina using an ophthalmoscope. If anything is off about your retina, it may indicate disease.

Your retina is a very important part of your vision. A healthy retina is key to good vision, which is why it is so important that you attend your regularly scheduled visits with your eye doctor.

Some diseases that can affect your retina:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Macular Hole/Pucker