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J Friend, R A Thoft; Functional competence of regenerating ocular surface epithelium.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1978;17(2):134-139.
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Several aspects of the ocular surface epithelium, including its clinical appearance, its effect on the strength of underlying stromal wounds, and its healing rates, have been compared between regenerating epithelium of conjunctival and that of corneal origin in rabbits. The results showed that conjunctival epithelium could not transform completely into functionally competent corneal epithelium within 6 weeks.
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