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Article
October 1982

Human Ocular MucusScanning Electron Microscopic Study

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago (Dr Greiner), and Harvard Medical School, Boston (Dr Allansmith); the Department of Cornea Research, Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation, Boston (Mr Covington and Dr Allansmith); and the Department of Pathology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Dr Greiner and Ms Peace). Dr Korb is in private practice in Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(10):1614-1617. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040592007
Abstract

• Twenty biopsy specimens of the human conjunctival epithelial surface with its associated mucus from normal subjects and contact lens wearers with biomicroscopic evidence of excess mucus were studied by scanning electron microscopy. Mucus existed in strands, sheets, and granules; each morphologic type of mucus was observed in all samples. No qualitative difference in morphologic features of mucus was found between normal subjects and those with excess mucus. Mucous forms observed by scanning electron microscopy closely resembled structures previously shown by biomicroscopic and light microscopic techniques, providing evidence that careful scanning electron microscopic preparation of biopsy specimens containing mucus may not greatly alter in situ morphologic characteristics of mucus.

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