The average surface tension of the tears of six human subjects was found to be two-thirds that of water. The experimental method involved the use of a scleral contact lens which contained a circular tear collecting trough. Surface tension measurements using a fine wire ring were carried out while the contact lens rested on the subject's eyes.
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