Many different eye diseases can result in blindness and chronic pain. Sometimes, removal of the eye (enucleation or evisceration) is the best solution, and your oculoplastic surgeon can discuss the options with you. After the eye is removed, most patients are able to be fit with an ocular prosthesis (glass eye) to restore a natural appearance.
Cancer-Related Eye Removal
There are many types of cancers that can occur inside the eye, including melanoma and retinoblastoma. Sometimes, they can be treated with radiation or other modalities, but in other cases the eye may need to be removed.
Severe infections inside the eye (endophthalmitis) can often be controlled with antibiotics and surgery, but sometimes removal of the eye is required.
Implants and Reconstruction
Removal of the eye is sometimes followed by implant problems, tissue scarring, or other complications that prevent the wear of a prosthesis. Secondary implants and/or other reconstructive procedures can often solve some of these problems.
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