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Orbital Conditions

The orbit is the bony cavity of the skull into which the eyeball sits. The orbital cavity contains the eyeball, the optic nerve, lacrimal gland, muscles that move the eye, nerve, blood vessels and fat. Any of these tissues can be affected by inflammation, infection, tumours and other conditions.

Orbital Conditions

Sometimes structures surrounding the orbit may invade the orbital space and cause the eye to bulge out like this patient with a collection of mucous in their sinuses.

Orbital Conditions

Along with a detailed history and examination neuroimaging is essential to assess the problem.

Some conditions can be treated with medication and some may need an initial biopsy to help with the diagnosis.

An orbital biopsy is done under a general anaesthetic and patients generally stay overnight on the day of surgery.

Depending on the structure and location to be biopsied, various approaches are considered.

I will discuss in detail with you what type of approach is required and its risks and benefits before making any surgical plans.

Often patients who have orbital pathology are discussed in an MDT setting.

It’s natural to feel anxious when it comes to treatment and surgical procedures especially in relation to your eyes. I encourage you to ask questions about your condition, so I can help you to be better informed of your condition, the treatment options available and allay any fears that you may have. During the consultation I will explain the procedures to you and help you to make positive choices, and remember there is always the option of doing nothing, so you have nothing to worry about.

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Mrs Katya Tambe