Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) is a powerful technique used to explore gene expression at the single cell level. However, appropriate preparation of samples is essential to obtain the most information out of this transformative technology. Generating high-quality single-cell suspensions from the retina is critical to preserve the native expression profile that will ensure meaningful transcriptome data analysis. We modified the conditions for rapid and optimal dissociation of retina sample preparation. We also included additional filtering steps in data analysis for retinal scRNA-seq. We report a gentle method for dissociation of the mouse retina that minimizes cell death and preserves cell morphology. This protocol also results in detection of higher transcriptional complexity. In addition, the modified computational pipeline leads to better-quality single-cell RNA-sequencing data in retina samples. We also demonstrate the advantages and limitations of using fresh versus frozen retinas to prepare cell or nuclei suspensions for scRNA-seq. We provide a simple yet robust and reproducible protocol for retinal scRNA-seq analysis, especially for comparative studies.