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Lateral Palpebral Arteries
Eye & Accessory Visual Structures

Lateral Palpebral Arteries

Arteriae palpebrales laterales

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Quick Facts

Origin: Lacrimal artery.

Course: Extends from lacrimal gland to the lateral aspect of the eyelids.

Branches: Marginal and peripheral arterial arcades.

Supplied Structures: Lateral sides of superior and inferior eyelids and the conjunctiva.

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The lateral palpebral arteries are the terminal branches of the lacrimal artery after it supplies the lacrimal gland.


The lateral palpebral arteries continue from the lacrimal gland to reach the lateral aspect of the upper and lower eyelids. Within the eyelids, the arteries course medially to anastomose with the medial palpebral arteries (Standring, 2016).


The lateral palpebral arteries, together with the medial palpebral arteries, provide important anastomotic arches within the upper and lower eyelids. These include the superior and inferior marginal arterial arcades and the superior peripheral arterial arcade.

Supplied Structures

The lateral palpebral arteries supply the upper and lower eyelids and the conjunctiva.


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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