A compact line scanning quasi-confocal ophthalmoscope (LSO) is presented in this letter. Compared with a conventional scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO), the bench-top LSO significantly reduces the size, complexity, and cost of SLO utility with routine use. The LSO uses one moving part to produce high-contrast and high-resolution quasi-confocal images with nearly the same performance as a SLO. The LSO has a moderate field of view (similar to 10 degrees), which enables images of the macula, the optic nerve head, and other targets to be obtained more quickly and efficiently. An image of the optic nerve head is taken in a preliminary investigation on human subjects. Individual nerve fiber bundles and vessels are resolved at a shallow depth, with a lateral resolution of nearly 10 mu m.