lacrimal fascia


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lac·ri·mal fas·ci·a

that part of the periorbita that bridges across the fossa or lacrimal sac.

lacrimal apparatus

The system involved in the production and conduction of tears. It consists of the lacrimal gland and accessory lacrimal glands (glands of Krause and Wolfring); the eyelid margins; and the two puncta lacrimae. Each punctum is a small round or oval aperture situated on a slight elevation at the inner end of the upper and lower lid margin (lacrimal papilla) and forms the entrance to the canaliculi. Each canaliculus consists of a vertical portion of about

lacrimal apparatus

The system involved in the production and conduction of tears. It consists of the lacrimal gland and accessory lacrimal glands (glands of Krause and Wolfring); the eyelid margins; and the two puncta lacrimae. Each punctum is a small round or oval aperture situated on a slight elevation at the inner end of the upper and lower lid margin (lacrimal papilla) and forms the entrance to the canaliculi. Each canaliculus consists of a vertical portion of about 2 mm long and then bends inward for some 8 mm, the upper one being slightly shorter. The canaliculi pierce the lacrimal fascia (i.e. the periorbita covering the lacrimal sac or tear sac) and unite (forming the common canaliculus) to enter a small diverticulum of the sac called the sinus of Maier. The lacrimal sac is closed above and open below where it is continuous with the nasolacrimal duct which extends over some 1.5 cm in length to Hasner's valve (or Bianchi's valve or plica lacrimalis) (folds of mucous membrane) at the inferior meatus of the nose. The inferior opening of the duct is called the ostium lacrimale (Fig. L1). See dacryocystitis; epiphora; lacrimal fistula; fossa for the lacrimal sac; Sjögren's syndrome; tear duct; dye dilution test; Jones II test; valve of Krause.
Fig. L1 Lacrimal apparatusenlarge picture
Fig. L1 Lacrimal apparatus