Exploring the Anatomy of the Eye: Oxygen Inside?

In summary, the inside of the eye ball is not empty space, but is instead filled with a clear jelly/liquid called the vitreous humor. This substance has a different index of refraction and can affect the wavelength of light that reaches our retina, although the frequency and color of light remain unchanged.
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jobyts
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Is the inside of the eye ball empty space? Or it is filled with oxygen?
 
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It's filled with goo called vitreous humour (just a 16Century way of saying goo)
http://www.retinaaustralia.com.au/eye_anatomy.htm
 
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jobyts said:
Is the inside of the eye ball empty space? Or it is filled with oxygen?

It is filled with a clear jelly/liquid called the vitreous humor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitreous_humour
 
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Dagna-bit! mgb is too quick AGAIN!
 
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The eye has two distinct fluid-filled compartments. The aqeuous humor exists between the cornea and lens, while the vitreous humor is between the lens and retina. They are not static bodies of fluid; each is produced, flow, and is resorbed.
 
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Interestingly, the goo has an index of refraction that is different than that of air. Which means that the speed of light is different there. Which means that the wavelength of light is also different in there than it is in air. This means that what we perceive as green light wouldn't necessarily be green, or the same tint of green, if the goo was drained from the eyeball or replaced with another type of goo or matter.

In essence: The wavelength that is perceived by our retina is different than the wavelength that is traveling from the light source to our eye.
 
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Dr Lots-o'watts said:
Interestingly, the goo has an index of refraction that is different than that of air. Which means that the speed of light is different there. Which means that the wavelength of light is also different in there than it is in air. This means that what we perceive as green light wouldn't necessarily be green, or the same tint of green, if the goo was drained from the eyeball or replaced with another type of goo or matter.

In essence: The wavelength that is perceived by our retina is different than the wavelength that is traveling from the light source to our eye.

That's a common misconception- although the wavelength (momentum) does change, the frequency (energy) does not. The color detected is based on energy, and hence is unchanged.
 

Related to Exploring the Anatomy of the Eye: Oxygen Inside?

1. What is the importance of oxygen in the eye?

Oxygen is essential for maintaining the health and function of the eye. It helps to nourish the tissues and cells in the eye, particularly the cornea and retina, which are responsible for vision. Without proper oxygen levels, the eye may experience damage and vision impairment.

2. How does oxygen get inside the eye?

Oxygen enters the eye through the process of diffusion. This means that oxygen molecules from the atmosphere are able to pass through the cornea and reach the inner structures of the eye. It is also supplied through the blood vessels that run through the eye.

3. What happens if there is a lack of oxygen in the eye?

A lack of oxygen in the eye can lead to a condition called hypoxia, which can cause damage to the tissues and cells in the eye. This can result in vision problems, such as blurred vision, and may even lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.

4. How does the eye regulate oxygen levels?

The eye has its own system for regulating oxygen levels. The retina, which is responsible for processing visual information, produces a hormone called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). This hormone helps to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the eye, which can improve oxygen delivery to the tissues.

5. Can oxygen therapy benefit the eye?

Yes, oxygen therapy can be beneficial for the eye, particularly in cases where there is a lack of oxygen. This treatment involves delivering oxygen directly to the eye through a mask or specialized contact lens. It can help to improve oxygen levels and promote healing in the eye.

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