Short posterior ciliary arteries
|Short posterior ciliary arteries|
The arteries of the choroid and iris. The greater part of the sclera has been removed.
|Supplies||Choroid (up to the equator of the eye) |
|Latin||Arteriae ciliares posteriores breves|
Course and target
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, the Circle of Zinn-Haller or Circle of Zinn, which is associated with the fibrous extension of the ocular tendons (Annulus of Zinn).