Suspensory ligament of eyeball

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Suspensory ligament of eyeball
Latin ligamentum suspensorium bulbi
TA A15.2.07.005
Anatomical terminology

The suspensory ligament of eyeball (or Lockwood's ligament) forms a hammock stretching below the eyeball between the medial and lateral check ligaments and enclosing the inferior rectus and inferior oblique muscles of the eye. It is a thickening of Tenon's capsule, the dense connective tissue capsule surrounding the globe and separating it from orbital fat.[1]

The ligament functions to support the eye,[2] and prevents downward displacement of the eyeball.

It can be considered a part of the bulbar sheath.[3]

It is named for Charles Barrett Lockwood.


  1. ^ Snell R, Lemp, M. Clinical Anatomy of the Eye. 2nd Edition ed: Blackwell Science; 2009.
  2. ^ "Lockwood ligament" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  3. ^'s+ligament