Tissue pathways for non-neoplastic ophthalmic pathology specimens

Royal College of Pathologists - RCPATH
Royal College of Pathologists
Publication date:
18 February 2015


This tissue pathway ‘guideline’ document deals with the handling of non-neoplastic ophthalmic pathology tissue. The main intention of this document is to facilitate and standardise the approach to cut up, block selection, microtomy and selection of special stains for nonneoplastic ophthalmic tissues. Non-neoplastic ophthalmic specimens can originate from the eyelids, ocular surface, ocular coats, cornea, eyeball (evisceration and enucleation), orbit (including lacrimal gland and optic nerve), lacrimal drainage system and temporal artery. The temporal artery specimen has been dealt with comprehensively in Tissue pathways for cardiovascular pathology (www.rcpath.org/publications-media/publications/datasets/datasetsTP.htm) and is not included in this document.