Learn More About Your Eyes & How They Work
When we perform a comprehensive eye exam, we take a look at several essential parts of your eye. Your eyes use complex systems to maintain its health and provide you with clear, comfortable vision.
At Family EyeCare Center Optometry, we believe that education is also a great way to help our patients manage and maintain their eye health, so we’re happy to answer any and all questions you have regarding your vision and your eye anatomy.
For clear, simple answers about your particular set of eyes, be sure to book an appointment with our team today!
The Front of Your Eyes
The cornea is the front surface of your eye that covers your iris and pupil. The cornea has several different layers that work together to help focus light on your retina to deliver crisp, clear vision. These layers include:
- The epithelium
- Bowman’s layer
- Corneal stroma
- Descemet’s membrane
- The endothelium
Your cornea is responsible for 65% to 75% of your eye’s focusing power, while your eye’s lens takes on the rest of that responsibility.
The anterior chamber is a space between your iris and cornea that includes a fluid called the aqueous humor. Your aqueous humor provides nutrients to your eyes and provides the pressure it needs to maintain its shape.
The aqueous humor flows through the anterior chamber to a spongy meshwork called the trabecular meshwork, draining out of your eye. However, blockages in this drainage system can cause high intraocular pressure, leading to a disease called open-angle glaucoma.
The lens is located right behind the iris and is responsible for fine-tuning the light that enters your eye to focus on your retina.
Inside Your Eyes
The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the inside walls of your eyes. The retina houses millions of receptors that translate the light your eyes receive into neural signals for your brain to interpret.
Diseases like diabetic retinopathy can damage your retina over time, leading to vision loss.
The macula is the centermost part of your retina, responsible for providing the sharp vision you need to read, drive, and recognize faces. Your macula also houses a small depression in it’s center called the fovea, which is responsible for providing your sharpest vision.
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Family EyeCare Center Optometry is here to provide your family with all the information they need to make informed decisions about their eye health.
We’re ready to provide the care you need, and all you have to do is book an appointment today!
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Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed