Orbit Surgery manages disease or lesions within the eye socket.
Tumour or Disease
Tumour or disease can affect all the structures within the eye socket apart from the eye itself. In the case of surgery to remove tumours, the eye may be preserved but on occasion it may be necessary for the eye to be removed. Infection, inflammation and some malignancies can be managed without surgery but may require biopsy for definitive diagnosis.
Orbital mass lesions are not common but often present with protrusion of the eye which can be in any direction depending on the origin of the lesion. Benign or malignant lesions can sometimes be distinguished on imaging however a biopsy or even total excision of the lesion may be required.
Orbital surgery also includes management of the anophthalmic socket which can occur at any time after an eye is removed to enable comfortable prosthesis wear or for cosmesis.
Any structure within the eye socket can become inflamed. There may be a specific cause for this inflammation such as systemic inflammatory or infective conditions or there may be no cause found. When orbital inflammation presents, it is important to perform blood tests as well as a biopsy of affected tissue to exclude an infective or systemic condition prior to treatment or to exclude something more sinister.