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Ophthalmology. 1981 Aug;88(8):821-32.

Effect of contact lens wear on the conjunctival mucous system.

Abstract

Biopsy specimens from the upper tarsal conjunctiva of 20 contact lens wearers with a clinically evident increase in mucus and ten non-lens wearing subjects were examined by light microscopy and scanning and transmission electron microscopy to determine the effect of contact lens wear on the mucous cell system(s). Three types of crypts associated with mucous secretion were found in all specimens: those with intracellular openings (type I, 0.1 to 0.2 mum) associated with non-goblet mucous secretory cells; those with small intercellular openings (type II, 1 to 2 mum) usually associated with goblet cells, and those with intraepithelial and intrastromal crypts with large intercellular openings (type III, 10 to 60 mum) lined with goblet and non-goblet mucous secretory cells. Contact lens wearers had increased numbers of non-goblet cells with mucous secretory vesicles lining the surface of the conjunctiva and the epithelial infoldings of type III crypts than did the normal subjects. We conclude that increased mucous secretion in contact lens wearers is associated with an increased number of cells and number of secretory vesicles involved in the non-goblet cell mucous system.

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