What Does the Retina Do?

Your eye has many different pieces vital pieces, each playing a different role for our vision. It's a delicate balance- the light transferring, relayed information, all for our brain to process what we see today. During a retina evaluation, many patients wonder what important role this area of the eye plays in their vision.

The retina plays a vital role in your vision. It only has one job and a very important one, it receives light that the lens has focused, converts the light into neural signals, and send these signals on to the brain for visual recognition. The retina processes light through a layer of photoreceptor cells. These are essentially light-sensitive cells, responsible for detecting qualities such as color and light-intensity. The retina processes the information gathered by the photoreceptor cells and sends this information to the brain via the optic nerve. Basically, the retina processes a picture from the focused light, and the brain is left to decide what the picture is.


The reason why conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, retinal holes, and retinal tears are treated with great urgency is to ensure our retinas are able to continue performing in the way they are supposed to. At Rocky Mountain Retina Associates, we use state-of-the-art testing to ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment plans catered to each individual patient. Our doctors strive to preserve vision, creating the best outcomes for our patients.


If you are experiencing symptoms of a retina condition, such as floaters, flashes of light, reduced peripheral vision, a retina evaluation is always recommended to identify the cause. Call our office today to learn more: 303-900-8507


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