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Macula

Macula

The macula is part of the retina, a thin layer of nerve cells that detect light and send signals to the brain about what the eye sees. The macula provides sharp, clear central vision that allows a person to see form, color, and detail that is directly in the line of sight.

Last Revised: November 12, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology

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