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Macula lutea

Macula; Fovea; Yellow spot

When an eye is looking directly at an object, light rays from that object are focused on the macula lutea. This is a yellow oval spot at the center of the retina (back of the eye). It is the part of the retina that is responsible for sharp, detailed central vision (also called visual acuity). The macula lutea, also called fovea, contains a very high concentration of cones. These are the light-sensitive cells in the retina that give detailed central vision.

References

Stein HA, Stein RM, Freeman MI. Anatomy of the eye. In: Stein HA, Stein RM, Freeman MI, eds. The Ophthalmic Assistant: A Text for Allied and Associated Ophthalmic Personnel. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2013:chap 1.

Yanoff M, Cameron JD. Diseases of the visual system. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 25th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 423.

  • Macula

    Macula - illustration

    The macula is the yellow oval spot at the center of the retina (back of the eye) that contains blood vessels and nerve fibers.

    Macula

    illustration

    • Macula

      Macula - illustration

      The macula is the yellow oval spot at the center of the retina (back of the eye) that contains blood vessels and nerve fibers.

      Macula

      illustration


     

    Review Date: 10/8/2017

    Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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