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Lacrimal glands
 
IN BRIEF

Glands in the upper eyelids which produce aqueous tears (the watery middle layer of the tear film).

 
DISCUSSION

The lacrimal glands are a very important part (though not the only part) of the lacrimal system. They produce the watery part of the tear film. Underproduction of aqueous tears by the lacrimal glands is a serious form of dry eye syndrome and has many potential causes.

 
ILLUSTRATIONS

 
links and references

ZONE LINK: Dry Eye FAQ: The three components of a healthy tear film

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