Previous to 1914, there appears to have been no conception of the fact that there might be a retrolental space containing aqueous, and that the lens was suspended in and totally surrounded by aqueous.
The relationship of the lens and the vitreous as commonly accepted before the use of the slit-lamp microscope was described by Fuchs1 thus : "The posterior surface of the lens is embedded in the fossa patellaris of the vitreous." In his description of the vitreous, he said : "On its anterior aspect it has a depression (the fossa patellaris), in which rests the posterior surface of the lens." Further bearing out the general idea of close contact between the lens and the vitreous, Butler2 quoted Priestley Smith's conversation as follows : "... he had dissected scores of human eyes with the express object of examining the vitreous, and in all cases the vitreous was adherent to the
MORSMAN LW. THE RETROLENTAL SPACE. Arch Ophthalmol. 1929;1(5):594–603. doi:10.1001/archopht.1929.00810010615008
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