The retinal capillary bed at the posterior pole of primate eyes

Douglas R. Anderson

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The capillary circulation in the posterior pole was studied by fluorescein angiography and silicone rubber injection in eight species of primates. Six of these were diurnal monkeys: marmoset, squirrel moneky, capuchin monkey, black spider monkey, African green monkey, and rhesus monkey. In these diurnal species, the retinas have both rods and cones, and there is a central region free of capillaries that corresponds to the fovea, just as in the human retina. In two nocturnal species, the bushbaby and the owl monkey, both of which lack a fovea, there is no central capillary-free zone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-818
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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