Cornea layers, light micrograph

Cornea layers, light micrograph

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Caption: Cornea layers. Light micrograph of a section showing the outer layers of the human cornea. The cornea is the thick, transparent area covering the iris and pupil of the eye. The rest of the eye surface consists of the sclera (white of the eye). The cornea lacks blood vessels and consists of five layers (three seen here). The outer surface (top) is lined by stratified squamous epithelium about five cells thick (pink, purple cell nuclei). The epithelial layer is supported by a specialised basement membrane that is called Bowman's membrane (beige/pink, across centre). Most of the cornea (only partly seen across bottom) is the substantia propria connective tissue. Magnification: x570 when printed 10cm wide.

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