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Nevermind the Bollocks, Turns Out the Cornea Is Just as Important as the Retina, on Einstein A Go-Go

Dr. Holly Chinnery, a senior lecturer from the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Melbourne University, joins Einstein A Go-Go to talk all about the cornea and why it’s a really important tissue in the human body. There seems to be this idea that the retina is the be-all and end-all for measuring overall eye health, which is why Dr. Holly is here to defend the case for the cornea.

Turns out the cornea has the highest number of nerve endings compared to any other tissue in the body and boasts 80 per cent of the refractive/bending power of light that enters the eye. For those that may be unsure of what the cornea actually is, it’s the clear dome shaped tissue at the front of the eye. Think of it like this: the cornea to the eye is like a windshield to a car.

Holly discusses how the cells and nerves in the eye are really good indicators for determining whether any larger systemic diseases are present within the body, one of the most common ones being diabetes. With its efficient immune response and knack for identifying and flushing out danger, it’s about time the cornea gets the recognition it so bloody well deserves.

Mouse cornea
Listen to Nevermind the Bollocks, Turns Out the Cornea Is Just as Important as the Retina, on Einstein A Go-Go13:132 December 2018