Anatomy of Vision

The links in this section explore the anatomy of the eye and the physiology of vision. The definitions and glossaries clarify the terminology of optometry, ophthalmology, and other vision-related professions.
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic:

Anatomy of Vision

An interactive animated dictionary illustrating the workings of the human eye.
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Up-to-date, reliable information on the most common eye diseases and disorders; research on new treatments and diagnostic tools.
Ted M. Montgomery, O.D. 
Describes the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human eye; includes graphics, photos, and information about medications.
NERCVE (Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education)
Multimedia presentation on basic eye anatomy, common ocular conditions, and their impact on vision.
National Eye Institute
This interactive eye diagram includes definitions, multiple perspectives, and enlargeable views.
Root Atlas 
For eye professionals, these videos illustrate a wide variety of ocular pathology, from the cornea back to the retina.
This colorful diagram of the eye helps explain vision changes, vision loss, and eye disorders and diseases.

Anatomy of Vision: Resources for Children

National Eye Institute
This site teaches children about the different parts of the eye; includes an audio description and interactive flash activities (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Definitions of Eye Terminology

Prevent Blindness America
A comprehensive list of definitions related to vision. Animated eye model also available.
A comprehensive glossary of eye-related terms, including clinical and surgical treatments.
This glossary explains terms used by eye doctors, low vision specialists, and rehabilitation specialists, and includes symptoms, tests, treatments, surgery, diseases and conditions, anatomy.
Ted M. Montgomery, O.D.
A listing of the terms included in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Human Eye; many of the terms link to pages with further descriptions.