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What is the cornea? What is its function?

the transparent anterior refracting surface of the eye. It accounts for 2/3 of the refracting power of the eye (the lens accounts for the remaining 1/3)


What are the three histological layers of the cornea? What happens if each is damaged?

an outer epithelium, a collagenous stroma, and an inner endothelium. If abraded or infected, the epithelium will regenerate without harming vision. But if the stroma is damaged, a scar forms to distort and opacify the cornea and reduce vision


What is in the endothelium that keeps water out of the cornea? What happens if this is damaged?

The endothelium has a metabolic pump that keeps water out of the cornea in order to maintain transparency

When it is damaged, the cornea becomes edematous and loses transparency.


What are the boundaries of the anterior chamber?

bounded by the cornea in front and the iris-lens in back


Where does the water-like fluid in the anterior chamber come from?

Ciliary body


What happens to the anterior chamber when the iris becomes inflamed?

cells and protein leak into the aqueous to make it turbid ("flare")


What is a hypopyon?

A collection of white cells in the anterior chamber of the eye when there is an infection


What is a hyphema?

Trauma to the blood vessels of the iris will result in blood pooling in the anterior chamber


What are the two muscles that comprise the iris? What is each's innervation?

Circumferential = parasymp (M3)
Radial = sympathetically (alpha 1)


What are the boundaries of the posterior chamber?

Iris in front and the anterior vitreous face in back


What is the conjunctiva? What are its two parts?

the mucous membrane covering of the anterior eye. It has two parts: the bulbar conjunctiva that covers the sclera, and the palpebral conjunctiva that covers the inner eyelids


True or false: the canal of Schlemm is rarely implicated in disease

True---trabecular meshwork is the site of obstruction in glaucoma


What are the components of the vitreous humor? (3)

hyaluronic acid, collagen fibers, and a dilute salt water solution


What are "floaters"?

the vitreous detaches itself from the optic disc, leaving a floater.


What is the macula?

Retinal region containing a high density of cones and ganglion cells specialized in visual acuity and color vision.


What is the fovea?

Central depression within the macula in which the retina consists only of cones.


What are the only cells that the retinal arteries nourish? Where are these arteries in relation to the retinal layer?

These vessels travel in the innermost retinal layer, and are visible through the ophthalmoscope. The arteries nourish only the retinal ganglion cells and their axons. The deeper layers of the retina get their blood from the choroid.


What is the retina?

The neural inner layer of the posterior part of the eye. It has a nutrient retinal pigment epithelial outer portion and a sensory inner portion.


What is the choroid?

The vascular nutrient layer of the outer retina


What is the sclera?

the collagenous outer wall of the eyeball


Where does bilirubin accumulate to cause scleral icterus?



What are the two portions of the ciliary body?

a secretory epithelium and a muscle


What happens to the lens when the ciliary muscle contracts?

the zonules loosen, and the lens assumes a more rounded shape.


Rounding of the lens does what for vision?

Increases refracting power, and allows view at reading distances


What are the zonules?

Fibers that extend from the ciliary muscle to the lens


What are the cells that comprise the retina (from anterior to posterior)?

Ganglion cells
Bipolar cells


Where do the ganglion cells of the retina send signals to in the brain?

Lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus


What is the role of the retinal pigment epithelium?

Tight junctions keep fluid where it's supposed to be

Metabolic support


What is the muscle that is sympathetically innervated, and raises the eyelid?

Muller's muscle


What is the orbital septum?

Collagenous curtain connecting frontal bone and upper eyelid tarsus


What are the glands in the upper eyelid that provide the oil base for the tear film?

Meibomian glands


What is trichiasis?

Inward movement of the eyelashes


What is the bulbar conjunctiva?

the mucous membrane covering of the sclera.


What is the palpebral conjunctiva?

The mucous membrane covering of the inner surface of the eyelids.


What is the muscles that raises the eyelid?

Levator palpebrae superioris


What are the upper and lower punctum? What happens if the upper one is blocked? Lower?

Oval openings at the upper and lower portions of the eyelids. The lower can accommodate all of the drainage from the top if necessary.

If the lower one is blocked, then the pt will develop a tearing problem


What is the gland, that produces tears? Where is it found?

Lacrimal gland, superior lateral to the eye


What is the plica semilunaris?

A crescentic fold in the medial conjunctiva lying lateral to the caruncle. It has no special function.


What are the upper and lower canaliculi?

ducts for drainage from the eye


What is the limbus?

The outer margin of the cornea.


What is the confluence of the upper and lower eyelid margins?

Medial and lateral canthi


What is the physiologic cup? What is the finding of this that would lead one to consider glaucoma?

Physiologic cup: the central depression within the optic disc

The physiologic cup diameter is variable, but should not exceed 50% of the total optic disc diameter. Otherwise, consider glaucoma a possible diagnosis.


What is the central depression within the macula?



What is the peripheral portion of the optic disc that carries the axons of the retinal ganglion cells called?

Neuroretinal rim


What is the superior/inferior orbital septums?

Collagenous curtain connecting frontal (maxillary) bone and upper lid tarsus


What are the tarsi of the eyelid?

A connective tissue plate that contains sebaceous glands providing an oily base for the tear film. The tarsus gives firmness to the distal portion of the upper lid.


What are the optic radiations?

carry the axons of the lateral geniculate body. These radiations are snug against the outer border of the posterior portion of the lateral ventricles. They are damaged by stroke, tumor, and disorders affecting white matter.