In this thread heavyarms553 mentions “Without the occipital lobe, your brain can’t understand the information it receives.”
Maybe that somehow deals with this question that I’ve had for quite a while. Why can you not read in your peripheral vision?
Now, I know about the fovea and how it has a greater density of receptors and has most of the color receptors. Outside of this you can still “see” with your peripheral vision although it is not as sharp. But I think there is some kind of brain interpretation problem going on here.
If I put a printed word in my peripheral vision, I can’t read it. I find it almost impossible to make out the letters. Of course, I make sure it is large print so that even though I do not have sharp vision there, I should still be able to make out the shapes of the letters and turn that into a word. It does not matter how big the print is or how close I hold it, my peripheral vision seems incapable of recognizing the shapes and orienting them in a fashion that makes sense to me.
This very much sounds like a brain thing, not an eye thing. Does anyone have any details on this?