Aqueous veins and open angle glaucoma

Murray Johnstone, Annisa Jamil, Elizabeth Martin

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The aqueous veins are visible on the surface of the eye and contain aqueous being returned to the general circulation. Aqueous veins are of great importance because aqueous outflow system models can be judged by their ability to predict and explain properties of directly visible aqueous flow. Aqueous humor circulation through the anterior segment of the eye involves one of the vascular circulatory loops that is driven down a continuous pressure gradient initially set up by the heart. Aqueous exits the eye by passing through the trabecular meshwork to Schlemm's canal. After entering Schlemm's canal, aqueous enters collector channels that have a lumen in communication with the aqueous veins. The aqueous vein lumen in turn communicates with episcleral veins that return blood to the general circulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Glaucoma Book
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical, Evidence-Based Approach to Patient Care
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780387766997
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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    Johnstone, M., Jamil, A., & Martin, E. (2010). Aqueous veins and open angle glaucoma. In The Glaucoma Book: A Practical, Evidence-Based Approach to Patient Care (pp. 65-78). Springer New York.