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Parafovea or the parafoveal belt is a region in the retina that circumscribes the fovea and is part of the macula lutea.[1] It is circumscribed by the perifovea.

Effect on reading[edit]

When reading a sentence, the eye fixates each word on the fovea. Studies have shown that people can tell the difference in the letters of a word in the fovea and near-parafovea (the part of the parafovea closest to the fovea), but not in the outer edges of the parafovea.[2] In languages that read from left to right, the word immediately to the right of the fixated word is known as the parafoveal word.[2] Parafoveal region part of the eye has greatest concentration of rods

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Myron Yanoff; Jay S. Duker (6 November 2013). Ophthalmology: Expert Consult: Online and Print. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 421. ISBN 978-1-4557-5001-6. 
  2. ^ a b Matthew J. Traxler (14 October 2011). Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Understanding Language Science. John Wiley & Sons. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-4443-4457-8.