this apparently a common misconception outside of neuroscience
your eyes do not see color
your eyes do not see shape
your eyes do not see movement
your eyes do not “see” anything
all your retina does is transmit information to higher centers about the arrangement of light in the space around you. without this processing, you’re not even getting pixels, you’re getting some photoreceptors firing when light is on them in specific patterns, that’s it. there’s no processing at the eye level, your retina legit just has some cells respond to photons of different wavelengths.
in the field, we have a sort of saying about it: you see with your brain, not with your eyes. if vision was as simple as having a working retina, we wouldn’t have people that are blind but have fully functioning eyes and we could fix visual deficits by basically giving people a camera lens instead of an eyeball, which, trust me, has been attempted before (similar things, anyway)