How the Eye Works
Sharp vision depends on many factors. The parts of the eye work together to refract (bend and focus) light rays. For normal vision, light must focus onto the retina.
Light enters the eye through this clear, dome-shaped tissue. The cornea also bends light rays to help focus them. Problems with the cornea's shape can affect vision.
This circular "window" in the center of the iris opens and closes to let the right amount of light into the eye.
This is the colored part of the eye. It contains muscles that dilate (open) or constrict (close) the pupil.
This disc of clear tissue behind the pupil changes shape (accommodates) to help focus light.
This thin layer of light-sensitive tissue lines the inside of the eye. The retina sends signals to the optic nerve.
This nerve carries signals from the retina to the brain. The brain then interprets these signals to make images—what you see.