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What is the Macula?

by Jamie Peters

Since February is Macular Degeneration Awareness month, your eye doctors in La Mesa, CA share information about this common eye condition.  The first part of this Macular Degeneration blog series discusses what the macula is and how it contributes to your vision.

Let’s Start Out by Answering the Question…What is the Macula?

The macula is a small but mighty portion of the retina. It is located in line with your pupil. The macula has the majority of your “cone” cells (the rod cells are located in the outer portion of your retina). It is responsible for your central high resolution vision, your color vision and your daytime vision. When you look at someone’s face, you use your macula. When you read a book, you use your macula.

If we lose some portion of our peripheral (side) vision, we often don’t notice. We have a “blind spot” in our periphery and never know it is there. But if the macula becomes damaged, we notice it right away because it is right in the middle of our vision.

Check back to our blog for the second part to this Macular Degeneration series. In our next article, we will discuss, what happens when the macular becomes degenerated. If you think you may have macular degeneration, don’t wait to make an appointment for an eye exam in La Mesa CA with Dr. Cauchi, OD or Dr. Peters, OD. Call us today at (619) 461-4913, we look forward to seeing you!


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