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Is it common to have better night vision in my peripheral vision than my central vision?

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Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Yes

Yes this is true for everyone although most people dont realize it.
The peripheral retina (the part of the eye that detects light) is actually more sensitive to low light levels then the central retina. At night the peripheral retina "sees better" than the central retina.

In brief: Yes

Yes this is true for everyone although most people dont realize it.
The peripheral retina (the part of the eye that detects light) is actually more sensitive to low light levels then the central retina. At night the peripheral retina "sees better" than the central retina.
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

The very center of vision cannot receive the lowered intensity of light that appears at night in very low illumination.
The peripheral vision can pick these up and you have noticed that. This is normal.

In brief: Yes

The very center of vision cannot receive the lowered intensity of light that appears at night in very low illumination.
The peripheral vision can pick these up and you have noticed that. This is normal.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Theodore Wu
The peripheral vision uses photoreceptors called rods, which work better in the dark. Cones are concentrated in the center of the vision -- these work better in bright light.
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