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36) The increased thickness of the avian cornea at the periphery may arise because the cornea and sclera are responsible for maintaining the ocular globe shape and protecting the internal structures that support various internal and external pressures.
Although a range of nematodes from ascarids and hookworms to strongylids can invade the eyes, most reported cases of ocular nematode infections have been caused by the filariae which can infect the eyelids, lacrimal glands, conjunctival sacs, orbit, or ocular globe.
During a spontaneous complete blink, the upper and lower eyelids move with respect to the ocular globe and the corneal surface, while being lubricated by the tear film.