This is a question regarding the anatomy of the human eye, however for my purposes medium sized mammals should do. I am interested in estimating the surface area of the hyaloid membrane of the vitreous humour which has contact with the aqueous humour circulating in the posterior and anterior chamber of a typical human eye.

The surface area in question is highlighted in red in this schematic of the cross section of the human eye.

Anatomical schematic of the human eye.


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Area=πr², d≈2cm (less than maximal d) -> r≈1cm, thus the area in question is roughly


UPD by request (ref):

The vitreous body base middle is at ora serrata (+-2mm), so we should calculate the area at this level. Here is the reference of the diameter:

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from: Basic and Clinical Science Course, Section 02

  • $\begingroup$ Wonderful, thank you very much! I don't suppose you happen to know what the point where the vitreous meets the lens is called? $\endgroup$
    – Freeman
    Jul 29, 2015 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Freeman i've already told you - come back to your prev. question $\endgroup$
    – Ilan
    Jul 29, 2015 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ @IIan thank you. Thanks for the reference also, that looks like a great book to keep hold of! $\endgroup$
    – Freeman
    Jul 29, 2015 at 8:33

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