The Bowman's membrane
, anterior limiting lamina
, anterior elastic lamina
) is a smooth layer in the eye
. It is located between the superficial epithelium
and the stroma
in the cornea
. It is composed of strong collagen
fibers and helps the cornea maintain its shape. If the Bowman's membrane is damaged, scarring will normally occur.
In adult humans this layer is 8-12 μm thick.
Bowman's layer, which (in mammals) is found only in primates, is absent in cats, dogs, mice, and other carnivores.Merindano MD; Costa J; Canals M; Potau JM, and Ruano D. European Journal of Anatomy.
Volume 6, Number 3, December 2002.
The Bowman's membrane is named after Sir William Bowman
(1816–1892), an English physician
, who discovered this membrane.