New part of the eye discovered
You would think that in 2013, we would know all there is to know about human anatomy, and then scientists go and find a whole new body part! Where do we find it? In the eye, the organ that helps us to see clearly. I looks like we were not looking so closely at it!
Harminder Dua, of Nottingham University, has discovered a tiny new layer to the cornea which has set the ophthalmic world in a buzz of excitement! Named Dua’s layer, it joins 5 other previously known layers of the cornea and has been cited as “a major discovery”. It is just 0.001 millimetres thick, but is very tough. It was found by injecting tiny bubbles into the corneas to separate the layers and is believed to help to prevent fluid from building up in the cornea.
Knowledge of this layer could dramatically improve outcomes and safety for patients undergoing treatments such as corneal grafts or transplants. It could also help to explain and cure a myriad of eye diseases, that up to now have been elusive in origin.
It’s time to re-write the text books and hopefully look forward to some more exciting developments in the future.