A recently published study has shown possible links between the fovea thinning and macular holes. The research focused on OCT data from eyes with a wide and varied number of eye conditions also including retinal vein occlusion.
The fovea itself is the most central part of the macula which controls our central vision. This area is responsible for things that require definable vision such as driving and reading. The study suggests that damage to this area of the eye or thinning, can cause the sufferer to be unable to do many everyday things such as watching television or using a computer.
The thinning of the fovea has been linked to macular holes via this research. Macular holes are considered a leading cause for vision loss in the elderly. The condition occurs when a small break is found in the macula, the light sensitive region of the retina. The OCT data showed a correlation between those with a thinner fovea and those suffering with a macula hole.