Orbital Reconstruction

The orbit is defined by all the structures that are contained within the bones of the eye socket. This includes the eyeball, extraocular muscles, optic nerve, and the fat that fills the spaces in between. Surgical treatments vary depending on the diagnosis, eg. orbital fracture, damage from malignant tumors, or trauma. Typical reasons for reconstruction include fracture repair or enucleation due to tumor.

In the case of fracture, implants can be used to stabilize the area. In the setting of trauma, symptoms of orbital fracture can include swelling of the eyelids, pain in the eye, double vision, bruising around the eye, sunken eye, numbness of upper teeth, nosebleed, and decreased movement of the affected eye.

In cases of a malignant tumor in the eye, severe trauma, or a serious non-healing infection, complete surgical removal of the eye may be necessary. This is called enucleation. Most individuals are eligible for an artificial eye as a cosmetic substitute approximately 4-6 weeks following surgery.

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