This is a commonly used method for reconstruction of anophthalmic socket, initially, after enucleation and later, migration or extrusion of an implant that’s existent. The orbital implants are done for the evaluation of the functional and aesthetic results or outcome, artificial eye fitting, satisfaction of the patient or motility, or evaluation of complications that are significant such as graft atrophy, haemorrhage or necrosis.
The benefits have seemly been restitution of orbital architecture, augmentation of conjunctival fornices and volume replacement.
Eye Socket Reconstruction
Eye socket reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores function and provides rehabilitation to the soft tissues and bone around the eye including the eyelids, socket, and conjunctival fornices. This type of orbital surgery is usually needed after any type of trauma, defects, or scarring in the general eye area from disease or accident.
By using various techniques, our surgeons at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence restore proper function to the remaining structure of the eye to provide the best possible opportunity before a prosthetic (fake eye) can be made by an ocularist. These types of techniques include implants or fat grafts, eyelid tightening, and upper eyelid ptosis surgery.
The overall goal of any type of reconstructive eye surgery at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence, especially socket reconstruction, is to preserve vision, restore normal eye function, and repair any abnormalities of the eyelids. Preparing the eye socket for an artificial eye that fits naturally helps to allow our patients to overcome their loss.
Causes of Eye Socket Reconstruction
The need for eye socket reconstruction surgery is primarily due to any type of abnormalities affecting the orbit, eyelids, or the midface caused by traumatic injury, various diseases, and defects.
The most common conditions that require reconstructive eye surgery include:
Congenital eyelid abnormalities – displacement and malposition of eyelids in children
Ectropion – lower eyelid is turned out away from the eye
Entropion – the eyelids and lashes are turned toward the inside of the eye
Lacrimal abnormalities – blockage of the tear ducts and improper drainage
Orbital fractures – broken or fractured bones surrounding the eye.
Orbital tumors – benign or malignant tumors around or on the inside of the eye