Dr Dan J Bell and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The uvea (also called the uveal layer or vascular tunic) is the middle of the three layers that make up the eye. It is the pigmented layer and its main function is of nutrition and gas exchange. It sits between the retina (innermost layer) and sclera

It is traditionally split up into three anatomical portions:

Related pathology

Head and neck anatomy
Share article

Article information

rID: 10565
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tunica vasculosa (globe)
  • Vascular tunic (globe)
  • Uveal layer
  • Uveal coat

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Diagram 2 : Eye anatomy
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.