What is the fovea centralis?

Fovea. The macula is small central portion of the retina. The center of the macula is the fovea centralis, an area where all of the photoreceptors are cones; there are no rods in the fovea. The fovea is the point of sharpest, most acute visual acuity. This is where we are able to perceive color. Certain conditions can affect the macula and, in turn, one’s central vision. Macular degeneration is one.

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What property of the fovea centralis allows it to send very clear pictures to ourbrain?

The macula FC is the. on the macula that allows us to see best because because of the topography of that area is devoid of large blood vessels and high density of cones and is a rod free area. It's a very specialized area of the eye. Read more...

Why does the fovea centralis mean?

Central vision. This is the spot at the exact optical center of the retina which allows you to perceive fine detail for reading or face recognition for instance. Really an amazing dense concentration of light receptive elements. Read more...

Why is the fovea centralis different from the rest of the retina?

Central vision. This part of the central retina is uniquely evolved to maximize central visual acuity for tasks like reading and recognizing people's faces. It does not help us with peripheral vision as the peripheral retina does. Read more...

Are there surgeries to repair eye injury in the fovea centralis?

Maybe. I recommend a good evaluation from a retina specialist to discuss your options. Read more...
Maybe. The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, responsible for sharp detail vision. Macular translocation surgery moves the fovea to another part of the eye in cases of certain macular diseases, but the success rate is mixed, and the surgery is risky. Discuss all options with your ophthalmologist. Read more...
Macular Hole. Macular hole is one of the most common forms of damage to the fovea centralis. The picture to the right shows a circular defect in the center of the retina. Repair needs to be addressed through an internal approach using vitrectomy techniques. Gas, or oil and face down positioning may also be used. Read more...

Are there any surgeries to repair eye injury in the fovea centralis?

Possibly. The fovea is the most delicate part of the eye. 90% of all vision fibers connect to this tiny area. There are new amazing surgeries to repair conditions like macular holes that once led to blindness, & treatments for wet macular degeneration that would affect the fovea. However, mechanical injury, solar, laser, or welding burns to the fovea would probably be beyond repair w/ current technology. Read more...
It's coming! Macula translocation operations are available currently but stem cell procedures will be the ultimate cure for central retina and foveal diseases or scars. In the future your own stem cell differentiated rods and cones will be grown in tissue culture and be injected into the area of scar or missing retina. Read more...