The Aqueous Humour

The aqueous humour is an optically clear solution of electrolytes (in water) that fills the space between the cornea and the lens. Normal volume is 0.3 ml. Its function is to nourish the lens and cornea.

The aqueous is formed by active secretion and ultrafiltration from the ciliary processes in the posterior chamber. The fluid enters the anterior chamber through the pupil, circulates in the anterior chamber and drains through the trabecular meshwork into the canal of Schlemm,the aqueous veins and the conjunctival episceral veins.

The aqueous normally contains a low concentration of proteins, but a higher concentration of ascorbic acid compared with plasma. Inflammation of the anterior uvea leads to leakage of proteins from the iris circulation into the aqueous (= plasmoid aqueous).

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