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 terminology as 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 "lateral retinacular
suspension". This involves re-shaping the eye and may be
performed for functional clinical reasons, or in some cases is requested
as a cosmetic surgery procedure.
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).
This section includes short definitions of clinical and surgical procedures
concerning the eyes and human visual system. For definitions of other
terms in this category, choose from the list to the left.
Other related pages include the diagram
of the eye, and definitions
of parts of the eye, a description
of the human retina, and the section about disorders
of the eye and visual system.