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Descriptions of Macula

Macula: a yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed vision
Source: WordNet 2.1

Article Excerpts about Macula

The macula is in the center of the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye. As you read, light is focused onto your macula. There, millions of cells change the light into nerve signals that tell the brain what you are seeing. This is called your central vision. With it, you are able to read, drive, and perform other activities that require fine, sharp, straight-ahead vision. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration: NEI)

Summary Information: Macula

Macula: The macula is a specialized area of the retina in the back of the eye. The macula is located behind the lens on the center of the retina and contains the cones, visual receptors that detect color. It also plays an important role in fine central vision. The macula includes an area called the fovea.

Light flows through the cornea and the pupil onto the lens before it is projected onto the macula of the retina. Conditions that can afflict the macula include detached retina, diabetic retinopathy, trauma, and macular degeneration.

Closely Related Organs: Macula

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Conditions Afflicting Organs: Macula

The following conditions are related to the organ: Macula:

Other Names: Macula

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Sub Parts: Macula

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Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Macula

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Macula:

  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of central vision
  • Blindness
  • Seeing bright flashes of light
  • Seeing "floaters"
  • Loss of vision in a visual field

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