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Ocular histopathology

The eye forms a complex organic system. Performing histological sections on such an organ is a delicate business and very different to sections made from other tissue. The difference in density from one ocular structure to another may cause acute difficulty for any person who has little experience in ocular histology. Our team has been working for 24 years on each and every structure of the eyeball – from the cornea to the optic nerve – even going so far as to observe pathological inflammatory cells in the vitreous body and aqueous humor. The reading and analysis of sections are carried out by our histopathologists specializing in animal ocular histopathology with respect for GLPs if need be.



Iris Pharma is specifically designed to meet the needs of pharmaceutical and biotech companies around the world. We are able to tailor our services to meet any needs and can offer partial or full ocular histology services as required.


Our highly-trained and specialized staff can perform:

  • Biopsies
  • Histological sections
  • Ophthalmic Specimen Slide Preparation along with the cornea and optic nerve
  • Microscopic examination of tissues
  • Staining by Immunohistochemistry (IHC), Immunofluorescence and biochemistry (e.g. radioctive)
  • Examination and analysis of histological slides by a pathologist
  • Evaluation and reporting



All equipment required for ocular histology is available in our facilities including an ApoTome fluorescence microscope, a microtome, a cryocut and a fully Automated Staining System.



Eyelids, palpebral or bulbar conjunctiva, nictitating membrane, extraocular muscles, lacrimal or Harderian gland, nasal lacrimal duct, cornea, aqueous humor, iris, ciliary body, lens, vitreous, retina, choroid, sclera, optic nerve...