Eye removal, also known as enucleation, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the eye from its socket. This procedure is typically performed when the eye is severely damaged or diseased and cannot be salvaged by other means.
There are several conditions that may require eye removal, including:
- Severe trauma to the eye: This can include penetrating injuries, such as a knife or gunshot wound, or blunt force injuries, such as those sustained in a car accident or sports injury.
- Eye cancer: This includes tumors that affect the eye, such as retinoblastoma, melanoma, and lymphoma.
- End-stage eye diseases: This includes conditions that have caused irreversible damage to the eye, such as advanced glaucoma, severe infections, or retinal detachment.
During the procedure, the eye is carefully removed from the socket and the eye muscles are detached from the eye. The eye is replaced with a prosthetic eye, which is custom-made to match the patient’s remaining eye.
After eye removal surgery, the patient may experience some discomfort and swelling around the eye socket. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.
Eye removal can be a difficult decision to make, and it is important to have a thorough consultation with an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon to discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure and to explore alternative treatment options.