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eyelids

Thursday 2 December 2004

An eyelid is a thin fold of skin that covers and protects an eye. With the exception of the prepuce and the labia minora, it has the thinnest skin of the whole body. The levator palpebrae superioris muscle retracts the eyelid to "open" the eye. This can be either voluntarily or involuntarily.

The human eyelid features a row of eyelashes which serve to heighten the protection of the eye from dust and foreign debris. "Palpebral" (and "blepharo") means relating to the eyelids.

Pathology

- eyelid anomalies
- eyelid malformations
- eyelid lesions
- eyelid diseases
- eyelid tumors

Components (exemples)

- palpebral fissures