The aqueous humour is located at the front
of each eye in the human body.
Note that this is spelt "aqueous humor" in textbooks that use American spellings - the meaning is the same.
The aqueous humour is a watery fluid that fills the chamber called the "anterior chamber of the eye" which is located immediately behind the cornea and in front of the lens - click for diagram, and also the "posterior chamber of the eye" which is a very narrow compartment located between the peripheral part of the iris, the suspensory ligament of the lens, and the ciliary processes.
The aqueous humour is very slightly alkaline salt solution that includes tiny quantities of sodium and chloride ions. It is continually produced, mainly by the capillaries of the ciliary processes, and drains away into Schlemm's canal, located at the junction of the cornea and the sclera.
More about Ophthalmology:
This section includes short definitions and descriptions of the parts of the eye.
For other descriptions in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete / exhaustive list).
Other related sections include:
- A labelled diagram of the eye
- A concise description of the human retina with brief descriptions of the parts of the retina
- Diseases and disorders of the human eye and the human visual system
- Clinical and surgical procedures re. eyes and human visual system
For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.