Retina

Illustration of the retina

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The retina is a thin nerve membrane that lines the back two-thirds of the eye. The nerve cells in the retina detect light entering the eye and convert it into nerve signals about what the eye sees. The retina is made up of two layers: the sensory retina and the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

Last Updated: August 26, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, FRCSC - Ophthalmology

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