IMAGES: Get an Eyeful

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Science  22 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5696, pp. 585
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5696.585d

Romantics aren't the only people who gaze into someone else's eyes. So do med students, ophthalmologists, and researchers who have set their sights on visual disorders. They can get a close look at how the eye works and what happens when it falters at the Eye Pathologist. Featuring more than 3500 images, the tutorial comes from pathologist Gordon Klintworth of Duke University Medical Center. Visitors can study the anatomy and function of structures such as the lens, cornea, retina, and optic nerve. The primer also describes development and how the eye changes over time. As we age, the lacrimal glands that exude tears shrivel and amass fatty deposits, and they sometimes stint on tear production. The more than 5000 eye diseases covered range from cataracts to Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue malfunction in which the lens often grows in the wrong position.

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