Inferior ophthalmic vein

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Inferior ophthalmic vein
Gray572.png
Veins of orbit.
Details
Latin Vena ophthalmica inferior
Source
Vorticose veins
Drains to
Superior ophthalmic vein and cavernous sinus
Ophthalmic artery
Identifiers
Gray's p.659
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_05/12851157
TA A12.3.06.117
FMA 51247
Anatomical terminology

The inferior ophthalmic vein begins in a venous net-work at the forepart of the floor and medial wall of the orbit; it receives some vorticose veins and other veins from the Rectus inferior, Obliquus inferior, lacrimal sac and eyelids, runs backward in the lower part of the orbit lying above the inferior rectus and divides into two branches.

One of these passes through the inferior orbital fissure and joins the pterygoid venous plexus, while the other enters the cranium through the superior orbital fissure and ends in the cavernous sinus, either by a separate opening, or more frequently in common with the superior ophthalmic vein.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)