The shape of the front part of the eye is maintained by a fluid
called aqueous humour.
Aqueous humour is made by the ciliary body.
Strands from the ciliary body support the lens behind the coloured part of the
Aqueous humour flows into the front of the eye
through the pupil.
Aqueous humour drains out of the eye through the
trabecular meshwork. The trabecular meshwork is a
spongy mass of tiny canals located in the drainage angle. The drainage angle is
located between the iris and the clear covering of the eye (cornea), where the
iris meets the white outer covering (sclera) of the eye.
humour is returned into the bloodstream through a tiny channel (Schlemm's canal)
located under the trabecular meshwork.
Aqueous humour is produced by and removed from the eye at a constant
rate [about 1 tsp (5 mL) a
day] to maintain a constant pressure in the front (anterior) chamber of the
eye. While pressure in the eye varies throughout the day, the normal pressure
within the eye is 10 mm Hg to 21 mm Hg.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology