Argyrosis

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Argyrosis is the form of argyria that applies specifically to the eye(s).

Argyria is the deposition and accumulation of silver in the skin and other tissues, resulting from either long-term industrial exposure, or following long-term ingestion of silver salts - intentionally or unknowingly e.g due to use of products that contained the silver salts.

In cases of argyria that affect the skin, a slate-grey or bluish-grey pigmentation of the skin develops slowly over time and is most prominent in the areas of the body that are exposed to light, such as the face and neck and hands.

Argyrosis is the corresponding deposition of silver in the tissues of the eye, including for example, the conjunctiva, corneal epithelium, stroma (i.e. the connective rather than the functional tissue - in this case of the eye), and Descemet's membrane (which forms the deepest layer of the stroma of the cornea of the eye).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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