Branches of ophthalmic artery (mnemonic)

Last revised by Wilson Tao on 3 Jun 2024

A useful mnemonic to remember the branches of the ophthalmic artery is:



The order of the mnemonic is not the correct order of the branches as they arise from the ophthalmic artery. The first and second last branches of the mnemonic are the terminal branches, both of which exit the orbit medially to supply the forehead and scalp.

Another mnemonic to remember the branches with respect to their initial branching point from the ophthalmic artery is:


  • Lacrimal

    • Lateral palpebral artery

    • Zygomaticofacial artery

    • Zygomaticotemporal artery


  • Central retinal artery


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  • Short posterior ciliary artery

  • Long posterior ciliary artery

  • Posterior ethmoidal artery

  • Supraorbital artery

  • Anterior ethmoidal artery

  • Medial palpebral artery

  • Supratrochlear artery

  • Dorsal nasal artery

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