The Hudson-Stahli line III: Observations on morphology, a critical review of aetiology and a unified theory for the formation of iron lines of the corneal epithelium


Observations as to the morphology, position and orientation of the Hudson-Stahli line are presented, based on the slit-lamp biomicroscopic examination of the eyes of six hundred and forty-four subjects.

The origin of the pigments in the Hudson-Stahli zone and other corneal epithelial lines is reviewed, the evidence for either tear film dynamics or epithelial dynamics influencing the typical configuration is discussed and a unified theory for the formation of corneal iron lines is presented.


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Presented in part at the VIIth Meeting of Moorfields Alumni, 1987.

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Rose, G., Lavin, M. The Hudson-Stahli line III: Observations on morphology, a critical review of aetiology and a unified theory for the formation of iron lines of the corneal epithelium. Eye 1, 475–479 (1987).

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