Canthoplasty

Ophthalmic Procedures
Labelled Diagram of the Eye

The word-stem "cantho-" refers to the canthus, which is the corner of the eye (strictly the angle at which the upper- and lower- eyelids meet). It is useful to recognise this term when it is used to refer to procedures concerning the corner(s) of the eye(s).


A canthoplasty is a surgical procedure to reconstruct the canthus (corner of the eye). It is also known as:

  • inferior retinacular suspension, and as
  • lateral retinacular suspension

It involves re-shaping the eye and may be performed for functional clinical reasons. It is also sometimes requested for cosmetic reasons (cosmetic surgery).

Canthoplasty might involve cantholysis as part of the overall process. It might also be a part of a more involved procedure, e.g. one that also includes blepharoplasty (which is an operation to repair or reconstruct an eyelid).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

Other related pages include

For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook) The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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