Suspensory ligament of eyeball

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]

Suspensory ligament of eyeball
Latinligamentum suspensorium bulbi
Anatomical terminology

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. (1998). Clinical Anatomy of the Eye (2nd ed.). Blackwell Science. ISBN 0-632-04344-X.
  2. "Lockwood ligament" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary

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