Structural Considerations of the Sclera

  • C. Stephen Foster
  • Maite Sainz de la Maza


The sclera, the dense connective tissue that encloses about five-sixths of the eye, is remarkable for its strength and for the firmness with which it maintains the shape of the globe. It aids in the maintenance of intraocular pressure, provides attachment sites for the extraocular muscles, and protects the intraocular structures from trauma and mechanical displacement.


Collagen Fibril Trabecular Meshwork Lamina Cribrosa Structural Consideration Posterior Ciliary Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Stephen Foster
    • 1
  • Maite Sainz de la Maza
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical School, Immunology and Uveitis ServiceMassachusetts Eye and Ear InfirmaryBostonUSA
  2. 2.Central University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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