The episclera is the outermost layer of the sclera of the eye.
(It may help to remember that the episclera is the outermost layer of the sclera by noting that the prefix "epi-", which is derived from Greek, means "on, upon, at, by, near, over, on top of". Hence, "episclera" means "on top of the sclera".)
The episclera consists of loose, fibrous, elastic tissue, that is highly vascular (meaning "related to or supplied with blood vessels").
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This section includes short definitions and descriptions of the parts of the eye.
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- 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
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