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Sclera and conjunctiva

Overview

The sclera, also known as the “white of the eye”, is the outermost layer of the eye. It is a thick and fibrous layer consisting predominantly of a type of protein called collagen. Its strength helps maintain the shape of the eyeball and protects the internal structures from trauma. The sclera is covered by a thin transparent membrane called the conjunctiva. It keeps the surface of the eye moist and offers further protection to the eye.

A face on view of the front of the eyeball demonstrating the location of the sclera, which is the white of the eye.
Location of sclera
Updated on July 23, 2020
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