Short posterior ciliary arteries
|Artery: Short posterior ciliary arteries|
|The arteries of the choroid and iris. The greater part of the sclera has been removed.|
|The ophthalmic artery and its branches.|
|Latin||arteriae ciliares posteriores breves|
|Gray's||subject #146 571|
They pass forward around the optic nerve to the posterior part of the eyeball, pierce the sclera around the entrance of the optic nerve, and supply the choroid (up to the equator of the eye) and ciliary processes.
Some branches of the short posterior ciliary arteries also supply the optic disc via an anastomotic ring (Circle of Zinn).
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