Eyelid anatomy

J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1992 Dec;18(12):1023-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1992.tb02779.x.


Background: The following anatomic information concerning the complex structure of the eyelids is distilled from gross and histologic study as well as surgical experience.

Objective: Our aim is to familiarize the reader with eyelid anatomy.

Conclusion: Appropriate shape, contour, height and mobility of the lids are essential to adequate protection and function of the eyes as well as overall appearance. A thorough understanding of eyelid anatomy is therefore necessary to achieve optimal surgical results. For the purpose of this discussion the eyelids can be divided into the following structural planes: 1) skin and subcutaneous tissue; 2) orbicularis muscle and submuscular fibroadipose layer; 3) orbital septum; 4) preaponeurotic fat; 5) eyelid retractors; and 6) the tarsi and conjunctiva.

MeSH terms

  • Eyelids / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans