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Orbital (Eye Socket) Evaluation and Surgery

The orbit is commonly called the “eye socket” and includes the bones that form the walls surrounding the eye as well as its contents. Besides the eye, the orbit contains a delicate arrangement of eye muscles, the optic nerve, fat, and many blood vessels and other nerves which are important to eye, eyelid, and surrounding facial tissue function. An oculoplastic surgeon is uniquely qualified and experienced in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and surgery for the many disorders, conditions, and injuries that can affect the orbit.

Orbital surgery may be necessary due to injuries, tumors, cancers, inflammation, infections, prior surgeries or abnormal development of the eye or eye socket. In addition, the inflammation and damage to the orbital tissues from Graves’ thyroid eye disease may require orbital surgery. Please see the Graves’ disease section of the website for more information regarding this condition.

A clinical evaluation with Dr. Escaravage is critical in narrowing the possible diagnoses and treatment options for orbital disorders. If not already performed prior to the visit, imaging such as computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be ordered to aid in diagnosis and treatment. Based on the information gained from the exam and imaging, recommendations and treatment options can be presented. Not every orbital condition will require surgery. However, certain scenarios will require surgery to either aid in diagnosis or for treatment. For optimal care and outcome, Dr. Escaravage may coordinate care with other surgical and medical specialists.

Orbital surgery is extremely delicate and carries a higher risk than most other oculoplastic procedures. The goal of surgery will differ with each patient depending on the reason for surgery. However, the goal of all orbital surgery is to maintain the health and function of the orbit and the eye.