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What is the opposite of peripheral vision?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Central vision: The opposite is the vision from the fovea and macular area which is the central, sharp vision that you use to read with and recognize small objects and faces.

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Why do we have peripheral vision?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Early warning: Central vision is for fine detail - reading, face recognition, etc. Peripheral vision, of low acuity, is sensitive to motion and serves to provide early warning of threats from the sides and also provides orientation to the major features of the visual space. With no peripheral vision (called tunnel vision) you cannot drive, or easily walk around, etc.

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