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October 1969

White Ring of the Cornea

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn
From the Division of Ophthalmology (Surgery), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(4):457-460. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020459006

A typical white ring of the cornea, as originally described by Coats, was excised from an eye which was normal except for the presence of asteroid hyalosis. The composition of the lesion was studied. It was found to contain iron and to be negative for lipid and calcium. The presence of iron was substantiated by electron probe x-ray microanalysis. Iron has not been previously reported in this lesion.