Central vision is the most important part of a person's vision. It is used to read, drive, and see pictures or faces. Good central vision allows a person to see shapes, colors, and details clearly and sharply.
An area of the retina (the lining of the back of the eye) called the macula provides central vision. Damage to the macula usually causes much more severe vision loss than damage to the rest of the retina, which provides side (peripheral) vision.
Current as of: April 29, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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