General Anatomy > Nervous system > Peripheral nervous system > Cranial nerves > Trigeminal nerve [V] > Ophthalmic nerve; Ophthalmic division [Va; V1] > Nasociliary nerve > Communicating branch with ciliary ganglion; Sensory root of ciliary ganglion; Nasociliary root of ciliary ganglion > Long ciliary nerves
The long ciliary nerves (nn. ciliares longi), two or three in number, are given off from the nasociliary, as it crosses the optic nerve. They accompany the short ciliary nerves from the ciliary ganglion, pierce the posterior part of the sclera, and running forward between it and the choroid, are distributed to the iris and cornea. The long ciliary nerves are supposed to contain sympathetic fibers from the superior cervical ganglion to the Dilator pupillæ muscle.