The ophthalmic artery and its branches. (Supraorbital artery labeled at center top.)
The tarsi and their ligaments. Right eye; front view. (Supraorbital vessels labeled at upper right.)
|Branches||superficial branch |
|Supplies||levator palpebrae superioris |
diploë of the frontal bone
skin of the forehead
The supraorbital artery is an artery of the head.
It passes upward on the medial borders of the superior rectus muscle and levator palpebrae superioris, meeting the supraorbital nerve accompanies it between the roof of the orbit and levator palpebrae superioris to the supraorbital notch.
When passing through the supraorbital notch it divides into a superficial and a deep branch. Its terminal branches anastomose with branches of the supratrochlear artery and the superficial temporal arteries.
This artery may be absent in 10% to 20% of individuals.
- Dutton JJ: Osteology of the orbit. In Atlas of clinical and surgical orbital anatomy, Philadelphia, 1994, WB Saunders