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The extraocular muscles function:

-Six muscles attach eyeball to its orbit and direct eye to points of a person’s interest
-gives eye straight and rotary movement


The three concentric coats of the eyeball are:



The functions of the eye are:

-Ciliary body: the muscles of the ciliary body control the thickness of the lens.
-Pupil: controls the amount of light admitted into the retina.
-Iris: functions as a diaphragm, varying the opening of the pupil.


The image formed on the retina is:

-Upside down and reversed from its actual appearance in the outside world.


The lacrimal apparatus provides:

-Constant irrigation to keep the conjunctiva and cornea moist and lubricated.


-The lacrimal gland:

-secretes tears, which wash across the eye, and then eventually drain into the puncta at the inner canthus


The lacrimal system consists of:

-Pupillary light reflex: the normal constriction of the pupils when bright light shines on the retina. (Can be direct or consensual)
-Fixation: a reflex direction of the eye toward an object attracting a person’s attention. (The image is fixed in the center of the visual field, the fovea centrali).
-Accommodation: the adaptation of the eye for near vision. Movement of the ciliary muscles increases the curvature of the lens. Observed through convergence (motion toward) of the axes of the eyeballs and constriction of the pupils.


What occurs when one eye is exposed to bright light and its pupil constricts?

-Direct light reflex of the pupil


What occurs when one eye is exposed to light and the other eye's pupil constricts simultaneously?

-Consensual light reflex of the pupil


Decreased visual changes in the older adult occur in:

-Cataract formation
-Macular degeneration.


Normal visual acuity of 20/20:
-the top number indicates:
-the bottom number indicates:

-top: the distance the person is standing from the chart
-bottom: gives the distance at which a normal eye could have read a particular line on a chart.


“20/20” means:

-That one can read at 20 feet what the normal eye could have read at 20 feet.


How do you test for presbyopia:

-Use a handheld vision screener with various sizes of print.
-Hold the card, while in good light, about 14 inches from the eye—this distance equals the print size on the 20-foot chart.
-Test each eye separately, with glasses on.
-If no vision screening card is available, ask the person to read from a magazine or newspaper


What is a mild weakness noted when fusion is blocked called?



What is a weakness noted when fusion is blocked that is worse than in phoria called? A constant malalignment of the eyes?



Abnormal findings of the sclera can include: (1)

-Scleral icterus is an even yellowing of the sclera that extends up to the
cornea, indicating jaundice.


What is pingueculae?

-nodules on the sclera
-they are yellowish elevated nodules that are due to a thickening of the bulbar conjunctiva from exposure to sun, wind, and dust.
-They appear at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, first on the nasal side, then on the temporal side


What is Pterygium?

-A triangular, opaque wing of bulbar conjunctiva that grows toward the center of the cornea.
-It usually develops from the nasal side, and may obstruct vision if it covers the pupil.
-It is caused by chronic exposure to a hot, dry, sandy climate, which stimulates the growth of a pinguecula into a pterygium


The unit of strength of each lens is called the:



The black numbers:

-Indicate a positive diopter and focus on objects nearer in space to the ophthalmoscope.


The red numbers:

-Show a negative diopter and are used for focusing on objects farther away.


Testing for strabismus (squint or crossed eye) is an important screening measure during:

-Early childhood years because diagnosis after age 6 has a poor prognosis for correction.
-Early recognition and treatment are essential for restoration of binocular vision.


What is an excess skinfold extending over the inner corner of the eye, partly or totally overlapping the inner canthus? (It occurs frequently in Asian children and in 20% of whites, and eventually disappears in non-Asian children with growth.)

Epicanthal fold


Definition: The presence of epicanthal folds gives a false appearance of malalignment, but the corneal light reflex is normal



(conjunctivitis of the newborn) What is a purulent discharge due to a chemical irritant or bacterial or viral agent from the birth canal?

Ophthalmia neonatorum:


What are white specks noted around the edge of the iris, that may occasionally be normal but usually suggest Down syndrome?

Brushfield’s spots


What is cranial nerve VI and what does it do?

-Abducens nerve, innervates lateral rectus muscle, which abducts eye


What is cranial nerve IV and what does it do?

-Trochlear nerve, innervates superior oblique muscle


What is cranial nerve III and what does it do?

-Oculomotor nerve, innervates all the rest: the superior, inferior, and medial rectus and the inferior oblique muscles


What is the cornea and what does it do?

-Part of refracting media of eye, bending incoming light rays so that they will be focused on inner retina