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The eye and its supporting structures are housed within a small bony space referred to as the orbit. Many abnormal processes that involve the orbit are a threat to the sight and function of the eye. Tumors, inflammatory disorders, infections and trauma all can involve the orbit. Symptoms of orbital processes can include proptosis (protrusion of the eye); pain; swelling of the eyelids; loss of vision; double vision; numbness around the eye; redness; and pulsation of the eye.
An experienced orbital surgeon should manage diseases of the orbit. Oculoplastic surgeons have been specially trained in the management of and surgery for orbital diseases. A thorough evaluation is required, which may include CT or MRI, laboratory testing, and biopsy, in addition to a comprehensive eye exam. Often times a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to orbital processes. Tumors, inflammatory and infectious diseases, and trauma often involve or extend from adjacent structures such as the sinuses or cranial fossa. University of Mississippi Health Care has experienced ENT, plastics and neurosurgeons on staff to provide adjunctive surgical or medical care when needed.
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