Comparative electron microscope investigations on sections of the lens cortex of the normal, mature rat, rabbit, monkey, and the normal calf reveal similar patterns of intracellular organization.
The superficial lens fiber contains a nucleus, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, dense granules, Golgi complex, and a quantity of small structures of low opacity which appear as filamentous and spherical configurations.
Variations in number, distribution, and spatial arrangement of cytoplasmic elements in lens fibers are described. These changes in the pattern of cytoplasmic organization are concomitant with development of fibers and their displacement towards the center of the lens. Structural details of the various zones of the lens epithelium and the lens fibers are compared.