"Counterpart to cones in an eye" NYT crossword answer is:RODS (4 letters length)
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The answer to the crossword clue "Counterpart to cones in an eye" is rods. Rods are photoreceptor cells in the retina of the eye that are responsible for peripheral vision and night vision. They are sensitive to low levels of light and are more sensitive to movement than cones. Rods are found in the outermost layer of the retina, while cones are found in the inner layers.