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May 1965

Interconnections of Blood Vessels and Aqueous Vessels in Human Eyes

Author Affiliations

From the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Harvard University Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(5):707-720. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030709021

During the past 80 years a number of studies have been performed on intrascleral vessels, but none of these investigations has really established whether connections between channels for aqueous outflow and vessels of the uveal vascular system deep within the sclera do or do not influence the outflow of aqueous humor from human eyes. This is a potentially significant consideration, especially in relation to glaucoma and its treatment.

To gain more information on how freely blood vessels and aqueous outflow channels interconnect within the sclera, and how readily a fluid may flow from one of these systems to the other, we have carried out experiments in enucleated normal human eyes. Our results do not achieve the ultimate and difficult goal of clearly defining the functional relationship of uveal vessels to aqueous vessels, but we believe our testing of the interconnections offers a step in that direction.

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