Ultrasound of the eye (Video)

This video shows an ultrasound of the eye. The cornea and lens are on the left portion of the movie, while the retina is on the back surface. The black line coming out the back of the eye is the optic nerve. As the eye moves you can also see some stuff floating in the middle of the image: this is likely just vitreous debris.

When performing an ultrasound, the goal is to image the transducer such that you get a good cut through the optic nerve. When looking for retinal detachments, the retina has a bright reflection line that will spike on the a-scan component.

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Ultrasound of the eye
This photo shows what a normal ultrasound of the eye looks like. The probe is graphed such that the front of the eye is on the left, and the back of the eye is on the right. You can see the dark outline of the optic nerve coming off the back of the eyeball.

Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:


  1. hi!

    would just like to know, where was the white line pointed? vertically? or horizontally? i keep getting confused with an axial view and the other type of view.


  2. Many thanks for the great videos. I run an ophthalmic diagnostic center and a teaching center. They are most helpful. Would you like a few more on Diagnostic B scan? Fluorescein Angiography/ OCT? I would be happy to contribute

    Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS
    CPMC Dept of Ophthalmology
    San Francisco


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