10 Anatomy and embryology of the eye: An overview

Authored by: Vivian Choh , Jacob G. Sivak

Handbook of Visual Optics

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781482237856
eBook ISBN: 9781315373034
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The vertebrate eye can be described as a fluid-filled spherical structure designed to form and process images of the surrounding visual world. Anatomically, the eye consists essentially of three tissue layers: an outer fibrous layer made up of the sclera and cornea; an inner layer consisting largely of the retina, but including also parts of the ciliary body and iris; and an intermediate vascular layer made up of the choroid and portions of the ciliary body and iris (the uvea).

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