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Assessment of Cornea and Tear Smoothness in an Autoimmune Dry Eye Rat Model

This video demonstrates a method for assessing corneal smoothness and tear film stability in an autoimmune rat model. It highlights the impact of gland dysfunction on tear film stability, crucial for understanding dry eye disease.

All procedures involving animal models have been reviewed by the local institutional animal care committee and the JoVE veterinary review board.

1. Preparation of Lacrimal Gland Extract

NOTE: Rats were anesthetized with the intraperitoneal injection of ketamine (75 mg/kg) and xylazine (10 mg/kg). Proper anesthetization was confirmed by toe pinching and tail pinching. Ophthalmic gel was applied to the rat's eyes to prevent dryness .......

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