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A 17-year-old female asked:

Doc, please answer me what is the function of lacrimal caruncle in eyes?

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Dr. Kent Wellish
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Helps your tears: Helps store and distribute the inner mucous layer of your tears.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Unknown: There is no actual known function for this universal tissue piece on the nasal side of all eyes. In fact, if it is surgically removed it will grow back, so the eye seems to want it to be there.

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Last updated Mar 20, 2018

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