Slide show: A look inside your eyes
The cornea, lens and vitreous cavity
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Behind the scenes, other parts of the eye work to help you see:

  • Cornea. This is a protective dome of clear tissue at the front of your eye. It functions as a convex surface that helps focus light rays before they're fine-tuned by the lens.
  • Lens. The lens is a clear, elliptical structure that sits behind the iris. The curvature of the lens changes to sharpen the focus.
  • Vitreous cavity. The vitreous cavity extends from the back of the lens to the back of the eyeball, helping to maintain its shape. This area is filled with a clear, jellylike substance called the vitreous.

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