Hyaloid canal (Cloquet's canal and Stilling's canal) is a small transparent canal running through the vitreous body from the optic nerve disc to the lens. It is formed by an invagination of the hyaloid membrane, which encloses the vitreous body.
Horizontal section of the eyeball. (Hyaloid canal labeled running through the centre.)
In the fetus, the hyaloid canal contains a prolongation of the central artery of the retina, the hyaloid artery, which supplies blood to the developing lens. Once the lens is fully developed the hyaloid artery retracts and the hyaloid canal contains lymph. The hyaloid canal appears to have no function in the adult eye, though its remnant structure can be seen. 
Contrary to initial belief , the hyaloid canal does not facilitate changes in the volume of the lens. The lens changes by less than 1% over its range of accommodation. Furthermore, lymph, being liquid is incompressible, so even if the volume of the lens did change, the hyaloid canal could not compensate for it.
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