Topics Discussed: conjunctival diseases; ophthalmology.
Sections: Pathogenesis, Presentation, Infections, Inflammation, Systemic Diseases Involving the Conjunctiva, Pigmented Conjunctival Lesions, Allergy-Related Conjunctival Disorders, Eyelid Lesions with Conjunctival Changes, Conjunctival Mass Lesions, Conjunctival Trauma, References.
Excerpt:"The conjunctiva is the clear layer of tissue that lines the inner
eyelids (tarsal or palpebral conjunctiva)
and the eyeball itself (bulbar conjunctiva).
It extends from the eyelid margin to the edge of the cornea. Histologically,
the conjunctiva is composed of an epithelial layer that contains
goblet cells, a substantia propria layer that contains lymphatic
vessels, and a lymphoid layer that is active in generating immune
responses. The conjunctiva is normally clear, with a few visible
blood vessels supplied by the anterior ciliary artery. The vessels
become dilated when they are irritated (blood-shot eyes)...."
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