Your eye is protected by a bony structure known as the “orbit.” The orbit is comprised of seven bones that fit together in shape the holds the eyeball in place without interfering with movement and function. Conditions that affect the orbital cavity can interfere with sight and may damage the eyeball. As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Tresley has the expertise to diagnose and treat orbital conditions.
Symptoms of an Orbital Condition
Orbital disorders and vision problems share many of the same symptoms, so it is important that you be evaluated by an eye health specialist as soon as possible. Signs that you may have a problem with the orbit of your eye are:
- Eyeball that protrudes or is set further in the orbital cavity
- Complete or partial loss of vision
- Eyelids that are red or swollen
- Seeing double
- Blurry vision
Common Orbital Conditions
In general, orbital conditions can be categorized as:
- Tumors and abnormal growths.Benign and malignant growths occur in children and adults. Common childhood tumors are Ewings sarcoma, fibrous dysplasia, and dermoid cysts. Adults may develop lymphoma, optic nerve glioma, and meningioma. Diagnostic testing and biopsies are used to determine the nature of the growth and guide medical treatment.
- Vascular abnormalities.Vascular abnormalities in the orbital structure may cause pressure on the optic nerve that results in double vision, eye bulging and other conditions. The goal of treatment is to improve vascular function and protect the optic nerve.
- Inflammation in the orbital cavity may be caused by an infection or other concern. If the condition is related to an infection, treatment aims to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding tissues, as well as to control the effects in the orbital cavity.
- Structural abnormalities. Cysts and fractures are common types of structural abnormalities. In most cases, surgery is needed to repair the orbit.
Learn More About Orbital Conditions. Contact Dr. Daniel Tresley.
To learn more about treatment for orbital conditions, Graves disease, eyelid skin cancer and other eye conditions, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley to schedule an appointment at our Chicago-area office located in Northbrook. You can contact us directly at (847) 291-6900.