Cone cell

Cone cells, or cones, are a type of photoreceptor cell (neuron) in the retina of the human eye. They are responsible for colour vision and function best in bright light, as opposed to rod cells, which work better in dim light.

  • Cone cells are cone-shaped whilst rod cells are rod-shaped.
  • Cone cells are most concentrated towards the macula and densely packed in the fovea centralis, but reduce in number towards the periphery of the retina.
  • There are believed to be around six million cone cells in the human retina.