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May 1963


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Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary 243 Charles St, Boston 14

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(5):688. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040693027

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Dr. Burian's letter was referred to Dr. Kupfer, who offers the following reply:

To the Editor:  —Dr. Burian raises a question of terminology with reference to the distinction between uveal meshwork and corneoscleral meshwork. Since the purpose of terminology is to allow all interested parties to communicate with one another, I would be happy to endorse Dr. Burian's suggestion and reserve the term "corneoscleral meshwork" for those few lamellae adjacent to Schlemm's canal that truly arise from sclera and insert into cornea. All the remaining lamellae would constitute uveal meshwork, and subdivisions of this meshwork would be in order.More important than the anatomical classification of meshwork is the physiological implication of such classification, viz, where is the site of resistance to aqueous outflow. It would be desirable that any terminology used would contribute to a better understanding of the function of the meshwork.

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