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How are rods and cones different?

Rods are responsible for vision at low light levels (scotopic vision). They do not mediate color vision, and have a low spatial acuity. Cones are active at higher light levels (photopic vision), are capable of color vision and are responsible for high spatial acuity.

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Accordingly, how do rods and cones work?

There are two types of photoreceptors involved in sight: rods and cones. Rods work at very low levels of light. We use these for night vision because only a few bits of light (photons) can activate a rod. Cones require a lot more light and they are used to see color.

Secondly, why are rods more sensitive than cones? A rod cell is sensitive enough to respond to a single photon of light and is about 100 times more sensitive to a single photon than cones. Since rods require less light to function than cones, they are the primary source of visual information at night (scotopic vision).

Similarly, what do cones do in the eye?

Cone cells, or cones, are photoreceptor cells in the retinas of vertebrate eyes (e.g. the human eye). They respond differently to light of different wavelengths, and are thus responsible for color vision and function best in relatively bright light, as opposed to rod cells, which work better in dim light.

How many rods and cones does the human eye have?

The human retina has approximately 6 million cones and 120 million rods.

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