human eye

human eye


Structure of the human eye. The outer portion consists of the white protective sclera and …—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

Sense organ that receives visual images and transmits them to the brain. The human eye is roughly spherical. Light passes through its transparent front and stimulates receptor cells on the retina (cones for colour vision, rods for black-and-white vision in faint light), which in turn send impulses through the optic nerve to the brain. Vision disorders include near- and farsightedness and astigmatism (correctable with eyeglasses or contact lenses), colour blindness, and night blindness. Other eye disorders (including detached retina and glaucoma) can cause visual-field defects or blindness. See also ophthalmology; photoreception.

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