New eye layer has possible link to glaucoma

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Last year, researchers at The University of Nottingham discovered a new layer in the human cornea. The latest research from the team shows this new layer, called Dua's Layer, makes an important contribution to the sieve-like meshwork in the periphery of the cornea. Defective drainage in this area is an important cause of glaucoma; a condition that affects 1% to 2% of the world's population.

Professor Dua said: "Many surgeons who perform lamellar corneal transplant recognise this layer as an important part of the surgical anatomy of the cornea. This new finding resulting from a study of the microanatomy of the periphery of the layer could have significance beyond corneal surgery."

But is it really new? (Score: 1)

by ticho@pipedot.org on 2014-02-17 21:58 (#1H)

If many surgeons "recognise this layer as an important part of the surgical anatomy of the cornea", is it really a _new_ layer that's been discovered?
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