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Anatomy of the Eye (cont.)

Sclera

The white part of the eye that one sees when looking at oneself in the mirror is the front part of the sclera. However, the sclera, a tough, leather-like tissue, also extends around the eye. Just like an eggshell surrounds an egg and gives an egg its shape, the sclera surrounds the eye and gives the eye its shape.

The extraocular muscles attach to the sclera. These muscles pull on the sclera causing the eye to look left or right, up or down, and diagonally.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2016

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