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What are the two orbital margins? What bones are these margins formed by?

  • Supraorbital margin (formed by the frontal bone)
  • Infraorbital margin (formed by the zygomatic bone laterally and the maxillary bone medially)



What is the purpose of the supraorbital notch?

It allows the passage of the supraoribital artery and supraorbital nerve to pass through


What kind of shape is the orbit? Orient this shape

The orbit has a base pyramid shape to it with the apex pointing deep into the skull/orbit where the foramen are


What bones make up the:

  1. Roof
  2. Floor
  3. Lateral wall
  4. Medial wall 

... of the orbit

  1. ROOF: frontal bone and lesser wing of sphenoid
  2. FLOOR: maxilla, zygomatic bone and palatine bone 
  3. LATERAL WALL: Zygomatic bone, greater wing of sphenoid
  4. MEDIAL WALL: Maxilla, lacrimal bone, ethmoid bone and body of sphenoid


What part of the orbit is most susceptible to fracture from blunt trauma to the face? Why?

Which two bones in particular are at risk?

The medial wall because these bones are quite thin

  • Lacrimal bone is most commonly broken as it is very thin
  • Orbital plate of the ethmoid has a region called the papyrus region (paper thin) also commonly broken


The eyeball is roughly covered in three layers or coats. What are these three layers?

  1. Outer coat (made up of sclera and cornea)
  2. Middle layer (uvea) made up of the ciliary body, iris and choroid - anterior
  3. Interior (retina) - posterior


What is the sclera?

hard layer of collagen for protection that covers 5/6th of the surface of the eyeball. 


What is the main functions of the sclera? [3]


  1. Protection: resistance to internal and external forces
  2. Maintains the shape of the globe
  3. Provides attachment for the extraoccular muscles


What gives the sclera its toughness and strength?

It is made of collagen that is laid down in organised whirls that add strength to it. 

It is virtually impossible to pierce the globe due to the strength of this sclera.


What is the cornea?

A layer of connective tissue that is continuous with the sclera covering the anterior most 1/6th of the eyeball. 

It is CLEAR (transparent) to act as a window for light to allow vision


Describe the cellular features of the cornea

It is avascular 

It is arranged in 5 histological layers including: epithelium, connective tissue (like the sclera but more organised) and an endothelium



What makes the cornea transparent?

Because of the way that the collagen fibres are layed down.

They are analogous to packets of spaghetti, extremely ordered, uniform in diameter and evenly spaced apart 

They run parallel to each other in bundles lying at angles to each other 



What is conjunctivae?

The mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids.


What does the opacity of the sclera depend on? [3 factors]

  1. Composition of stroma
  2. Hydration
  3. Size and distribution of collagen


What would happen if there was a scratch to part of the cornea?


Note: damage/scratch to the epithelial layer of the cornea is the most common problem because the remainder of the slcera is highly resistant to damage.

Damage to the collagen fibres would force them to repair and regrow. But they are at risk of imparied repair and impaired organisation leading to a corneal scar. 


What is the anterior chamber and angle?

Chamber: The fluid filled (aqueous humour) space between the cornea and the iris/lens 

Angle: The junction between the iris and the cornea



What is the major function of the anterior chamber and the aqueous humour fluid within it?


Where does the aqueous humour fluid drain from?

  • Maintaining the right size of the eye
  • Maintaining intraoccular pressure
  • Maintaining the health of the lens and cornea


Aqueous humour fluid drains out of the eye from the anterior chamber angle


Describe the flow of aqueous humour through the anterior chamber angle

  1. Fluid is constantly being produced by the ciliary body epithelial cells in the ciliary body
  2. The fluid is pumped into and through the anterior chamber
  3. Fluid moves through the trabecular meshwork (a seive like structure) to the anterior chamber angle
  4. Fluid flows through the canal of Schlemm which eventually joins and drains to episcleral venous systems


Describe the ciliary body

A circular structure just behind the iris composed of the ciliary muscle and ciliary processes which attach to the lens and the ciliary epithelium 



What are the major functions of the ciliary body? [3]

  1. Ciliary epithelium forms the aqueous humour fluid
  2. Ciliary processes tethers the lens to it
  3. The ciliary muscle is very important to accomodation


What is meant by "accomodation"? What structures of the eye are involved in this process?

A reflex action of the eye, in response to focusing on a near object, then looking at distant object (and vice versa)

It comprises coordinated changes involving

  • The ciliary muscles
  • Zonules (also called the suspensory ligaments - attach the ciliary body to the lens) 
  • The lens


Describe the ciliary muscle and its innervation

It is found within the ciliary body, is a circular muscle surrounding the lens of the eye

Smooth muscle (involuntary)

Innervated by the parasympathetic nervous system through the Edinger-Westphal nucleus (CN III)

It is very important for focusing



Describe the process of accomodation

All based on the refraction/focusing of objects

  • Looking at distances: the ciliary muscles relax and the zonule ligaments pull against the lens causing the lens to flatten to allow focusing on distant objects
  • Looking at closer objects: the ciliary muscles contract and the zonule ligaments become relaxed and wavy causing the lens to become thicker and bulge out allowing closer focusing. 


What is Presbyopia?


What is it caused by and how is it treated?

The loss of accommodation with age

(the amplitude of accomodation decreases with age meaning the older you are, the further away an object needs to be in order to focus it) 


  • Caused by reduction in flexibility in the lens capsule and zonules.
  • 􏰂Treated by the wearing of plus lenses. 


What is the iris?

The aperture of eye, an important structure that controls the amount of light going into the eye.  


How does the iris regulate the amount of light going in and out of the eye?

The iris has two muscles that act to either constrict the aperture around the eye (pupil constriction) or to dilate and allow more light in (pupil dilation)

  1. Sphincter pupillae - a concentric muscle around the pupil innervated by parasympathetics via CN III to cause constriction 
  2. Dilator pupillae - a muscle arranged like spokes on a wheel around the pupil innervated by the sympathetic nervous system via superior cervical ganglion




What is the choroid?

A middle layer that sits between the sclera and the retina 

It contains three layers of blood vessels and is very important for nutrition (especially to the retina)



What is the retina?

A neural layer that lines the posterior part of the eye and creates impulses to the optic nerve. 

It is the part of the eye that recieves the visual information and converts into a signal that is understood by the brain



Describe the anatomy of the retina

  • Optic nerve (a blind spot)
  • Fovea (contains only cones)
  • Macula (surrounding the small fovea)
  • The remainder of the central retina contains rods and cones
  • Orra serrata (the serrated junction between the

    retina and the ciliary body



Describe the Fovea

A very tiny region important for central vision that does 90% of vision and is surrounded by macula

  • High visual acuity
  • Avascular (Gets nutrients from the choroid)
  • High density of cones with no rods


What is the foveal pit?

Neurons of retina shifted to the side forming a foveal pit giving access to photoreceptors of the eye.

The photoreceptors are the only cells present there to maximise chance of light coming in and hitting them


Describe the formation of the optic nerve

The Optic nerve is formed by the axons of ganglion cells as they exit the retina to pass visual information to higher cortical areas 



What is the lamina cribosa?

The part of the sclera of the eye penetrated by the fibers of the optic nerve 

  • Band of dense connective tissue (3-10 sheets)
  • Forms a sieve hole
  • The sclera does a 90 degree turn and forms a sheath around the optic nerve. 


The eyes can be considered extensions of the CNS. What property of the CNS do the fibres of the optic nerve have?

The optic nerves are surrounded by a dural sheath (and thus can be subjected to menigitis)


Describe the arterial blood supply to the eye

  1. The common carotid gives rise to the internal carotid
  2. Internal carotids travels to the skull and through to either side of the optic chiasm
  3. It runs forwards becoming the opthalmic artery
  4. The first branch off the opthalmic artery is the central retinal artery, which pierces the optic nerve and travels with it to the retina 
  5. long and short posterior ciliary arteries also come off the opthalmic artery and run along the outside of the optic nerve and pierce the globe of the eyeball from behind (7-11) branches. These fan out to the choroid
  6.  The anterior ciliary arteries don't pierce the globe and go the outside to front and then pierce cornea to anterior structures 


Describe the blood supply to the retina

The retina has dual blood supply 

  1.  Central retinal artery supplies the inner retina: Inner neurons (everything but photoreceptors)
  2. Posterior ciliary artery supplies the outer retina (photoreceptors) 



Describe the muscles of the eyelid

  • 􏰂 Orbicularis oculi: surrounds the eye (CN VII)
  • 􏰂 Levator palpebrae superiosis: elevates the eyelid (CN III)