Seeing The Blood Vessels In The Back Of your Own Eye

Essay by Anonymous UserJunior High, 9th gradeA-, January 1997

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Have you ever seen a doctor look into a patient's eye with an instrument called an 'ophthalmoscope'? The instrument lights up the inside of the eye and magnifies the vessels of the retina in the rear of the eye.

This gives the doctor an idea about how healthy you are as he looks at all the vessels in the back of your eye.


I wanted to know if a person could see the blood vessels in the back of their own eye without using the instrument that the doctor uses in the eye exam.

I am really interested in eyes because I have an uncle who got in a car accident and now he is blind. I hope someday doctors can help all those who are blind to be able to see.

I guessed that a person could not see the blood vessels in the back of their own eyes.


My experiment was not about the tiny blood vessels that you can easily see on the surface of the eye. It's to do with the larger vessels

All I had to do was take a person into a dark room with my flashlight. I had them cover their left eye and look down at the floor with their right eye. I held the flashlight up towards the ceiling under their right eye, but they kept looking at the floor, not the light.


I am writing down what everyone recorded for me. I am first:

JOSH: I could see black blood vessels with orange in the

looked like a lot of dead tree.

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BRENDA: The blood vessels resembled jagged lighting bolts or trees in the winter time.

LAURA: I saw crooked lines that didn't stand still, but kept changing.

DARWIN: The image...