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The retina, the inner layer and light sensing structure of the eye, contains a million rods and 7 million cones, which handle vision in low light and color, respectively.

Physicians at The Retina Institute are giving babies and children with serious eye diseases the chance for a brighter future.

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the second leading cause of blindness in infants. It results from premature birth, which interrupts the normal development of blood vessels in the retina, the light sensitive part of the eye essential for vision. Abnormal blood vessels can begin to grow the wrong direction and lead to lifelong blindness.

As the major referral center for retinal disorders in the western United States, The Retina Institute also treats retinal trauma and detachment, hereditary retinal degenerations and retinoblastoma (Rb), a rare cancer of the eye that affects infants and children under the age of five.

The below list are a few of the more common conditions related to the Retina