Inside the Eye

Did you know?  Your eye acts like a camera, collecting light and sending signals to your brain.

At the back of your eye is a layer called the retina, acting like the film in the camera.  In the middle of the retina is the macula, the part responsible for sharp, central vision, used when for example reading or looking at someone’s face.

Your macula contains millions of cells, called photoreceptors, that share the collected images with your brain.  Unlike some other cells in your body, the cells in the macula cannot regenerate – once they die, they are lost forever.   Because of this, it is important to make sure the macula is protected and healthy.  Our bodies are able to protect the macula by building up a protective layer called the macular pigment.