The Severity of Orbital Tumors

Published on April 17, 2017
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The orbit is a critical component of the eye. It is comprised of the socket in your skull where the eye rests, the eye itself, and everything contained in the socket. The orbit contains essential extraocular muscles that are responsible for eye movement, the opthalmic artery, and the opthalmic canal, which houses the optic nerve and cranial nerve. The orbit protects all the muscles and tissue inside of it from external harm or injury. It is so densely packed that even a small disturbance in the area can cause multiple complications with your eyes and vision. This is why any threat to the structure and health of the orbit should be taken seriously and must be properly diagnosed and addressed.

One of the most dangerous complications that can arise in the orbit is the formation of an orbital tumor. Orbital tumors can be malignant or benign. They can develop as a result of cancer in another area of the body or can develop completely on their own for unknown reasons.

An orbital tumor can cause a number of complications in the eyes and the surrounding nerves and tissue. People may experience changes in their vision or a loss of vision, a tingling sensation or feeling of numbness around the eye, and swelling or pain in the eye. If the tumor forms in the narrow section of the socket behind the eyeball, it can place an enormous amount of pressure on the eye and nerves and may even force the eye to bulge outward.

There are multiple types of orbital tumors. Some types occur mainly in children, while others are primarily found in adults. It is paramount that you visit a qualified professional for a proper diagnosis of your orbital tumor in order to ensure that you receive the proper treatment.

Dr. Stephen J. Laquis is a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon with specialized training in eyelid and orbital surgery and places a great deal of care and attention into properly diagnosing your condition. Dr. Laquis will thoroughly evaluate the issue and order a radiographic scan of the orbit in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issue. If you are in need of professional care for the diagnosis and treatment of your orbital tumor, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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