Scleromalacia perforans

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Scleromalacia perforans is a form of advanced scleromalacia.

Scleromalacia is degenerative thinning of the sclera (i.e. the white of the eye / eyeball) due to inflammation.

Scleromalacia perforans is scleromalacia advanced to a state in which the sclera has completely faded away in an area, revealing the underlying dark-bluish tissue of the uvea (such as e.g. the ciliary body), bulging beneath the conjuctiva.

Scleromalacia perforans is rare and typically occurs in women with rheumatoid arthritis.

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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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