Vitreous

  • H. E. Völcker
  • G. O. H. Naumann

Abstract

The vitreous is the transparent gel which occupies almost the entire space between the lens and retina; it represents about two-thirds of the volume of the eye. Ninety-nine percent of the vitreous is water bound with collagen and hyaluronic acid. This forms a hydrogel with high viscosity. The vitreous substance, in conjunction with the aqueous of the anterior segment, is responsible for maintenance of the spherical form of the globe. In addition, the pressure of the vitreous on the retinal surface provides protection against retinal detachment.

Keywords

Glaucoma Cataract Thymidin Liquefaction Uveitis 

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