tear meniscus

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tear meniscus 

A thin strip of tear fluid with concave outer surfaces at the upper and lower lid margins. It contains most of the exposed tear volume. The absence of a tear meniscus is an indication of a dry eye. Syn. marginal tear strip; lacrimal prism; tear prism. See precorneal film; lacrimal lake.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann