The eye is a sense organ containing receptors sensitive to light intensity and colour.
|Cornea||Refracts light - bends it as it enters the eye|
|Iris||Controls how much light enters the pupil|
|Lens||Further refracts light to focus it onto the retina|
|Retina||Contains the light receptors|
|Optic nerve||Carries impulses between the eye and the brain|
|Ciliary muscle/body||Alters the shape of the lens so that the eye can focus|
|Suspensory ligament||Attaches the ciliary muscle to the lens|
Light passes through the eyeball to the retina. There are two main types of light receptors - rods and cones. Rods are more sensitive to light than cones so they are useful for seeing in dim light. There are three different types of cone cells which produce colour vision.
The amount of light entering the eye is controlled by a reflex action. The size of the pupil changes in response to bright or dim light. This is controlled by the muscles of the iris.