Direct and personal communication between the ophthalmologist and pathologist is essential for accurate diagnosis, particularly in special circumstances, such as suspicion of malignancy or determination of a critical diagnosis.
Tissues for pathologic examination typically require some type of fixation to arrest tissue decomposition and preserve cellular morphology.
Histologic stains allow contrasting color staining of various cellular and extracellular elements and/or identification of specific material in tissue sections.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 4 - Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.