Outer Molecular Layer

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

The Outer Molecular Layer is the sixth (6th) of the layers forming the retina of the human eye.

Recall that light from outside the human body enters the eye through its main structures of the cornea, aqueous humour, pupil, lens, etc. and is normally focussed onto the retina of the eye.

The retina is composed of several layers which, together, form the "screen" in the eye onto which an image of the area viewed by the eye is formed, and information about that image is segmented into packets of information that are passed to the visual cortex of the brain via the optic nerve.


The outer molecular layer is much thinner than the inner molecular layer, though these two layers have similar structures. The outer molecular layer consists of a dense network of tiny fibres that extend from the processes of the cells of inner nuclear layer, such as the processes of the bipolar cells.


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