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Bones contributing to the walls of the Orbit:

Superior wall – orbital plate of frontal bone
Lateral wall – greater wing of sphenoid and the orbital plate of zygoma
Inferior wall – orbital plate of maxilla
Medial Wall – frontal process of maxilla, lacrimal bone, orbital plate of ethmoid and the less wing of sphenoid


Intrinsic Muscles of the Eye (name and innervation):

Dilator pupillae- sympathetic
Sphincter pupillae- parasympathetic
Ciliary muscle - parasympathetic


Extrinsic Muscles of the Eye (name, function and innervation):

4 recti (superior, inferior, medial and lateral) - all innervated by CN 3 apart rom lateral innervated by abducens
2 oblique (inferior CN3, superior CN4)
Eyelid muscles - LPS and orbicularis oculi


Ophthalmic branch of CN V –
Branches (name the branch and identify the type of autonomic nerves hitchhiking):

Lacrimal - parasympathetic from the pterygopalatine ganglion

Frontal - supratrochlear and supraorbital

Nasociliary nerve - ciliary branches (sympathetic and the parasympathetic branches), Ethmoidal, infratrochlear


Oculomotor Nerve –
This efferent nerve splits into superior and inferior branches, identify the muscles innervated by both branches and describe the autonomic hitchhikers which traverse along them.

• Superior branch:
o Muscles:
 Levator palpebrae superioris
 superior rectus

o Autonomic hitchhiker:
 sympathetic fiber (synapse at superior cervical ganglion C2 and travel to the carotid plexus and ophthalmic artery) innervates Dilator pupillae, blood vessels and the superior tarsal muscles

• Inferior branch:
o Muscles:
 Medial rectus
 inferior rectus
 inferior oblique

o Autonomic hitchhikers:
 Parasympathetic - sphincter pupillae and the ciliary body


Pathway of the Trochlear and Abducent Nerves –

These nerves travel through the cavernous sinus (CN VI travels close to the ICA) and exit the cranium via the superior orbital fissure. CN IV innervates the superior oblique, CN VI innervates the lateral rectus.


Arterial supply to the orbit is via the ophthalmic artery which then branches into:

(Some Men Cut Soldiers Like Cheese)
1. supratrochlear
2. muscular branches
3. ciliary
4. supraorbital
5. lacrimal
6. central artery of the retina


Venous drainage is via 2 main veins

Venous drainage is via 2 main veins, the superior and inferior ophthalmic veins.

Superior ophthalmic vein - through the superior orbital fissure and into the cavernous sinus
-> all nerves go through here so infection can be very severe

inferior ophthalmic vein - through the inferior orbital fissure and joins the pterygoid plexus


What is the consensual response?

retinal gnaglion cells
optic nerve
optic chiasm
optic tract
pre tectal nucleus
edinger westphal nucleus

edinger westphal nucleus
ciliary ganglion
ciliary nerve
both sphincter pupillae


What travels in the superior orbital fissure?

nerve 3,4,V1,6
ophtalmic vein
sympathetic fibres


What travels in the inferior orbital fissure?

infraorbital vessels - inferior ophthalmic vein


What travels through the optic canal?

the superior ophthalmic artery
optic nerve


What is the levator palpabri superioris innervated by?

oculomotor nerve
sympathetic fibres


What happens if the oculomotor nerve has a lesion?

1. eye down and out
2. Loss of innervation to the levator palpibrae superioris - ptosis
3. loss of parasympathetic function - mydriasis


What is horner syndrome

lesion to upper sympathetic trunk

partial ptosis
Myosis (constricted pupil)
anhydrosis (reduced sweating)


Describe the path of the tears in lacrimation

1. lacrimla gland secretes
2. lacrimal sac
3. nasolacrimal duct
4. drain into the inferior meatus