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Traumatic injuries to the eye or certain eye conditions such as glaucoma or cancer can lead to a blind, painful eye. In certain circumstances, your physician may consider referring you to Dr. Eftekhari for eye removal surgery.

Loss of an eye has distinct psychosocial impacts on every patient, and Dr. Eftekhari is experienced in guiding you through this difficult transition.

The spherical eye sits inside a larger eye socket. The primary goal of eye removal surgery is to provide relief of pain or cancer removal. The second goal is to provide the foundation for your eyelids to be able to be fit for a prosthesis. Dr. Eftekhari will refer you to an ocularist about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery once you are healed to be fit for your prosthetic eye.

The Procedure

Depending on the condition necessitating removal of the eye, Dr. Eftekhari may need to remove the tissues within the eye or remove the eye itself and detach it from the eye muscles. Dr. Eftekhari has extensive experience with both kinds of surgery. The surgery takes about 60 minutes to perform, and afterwards Dr. Eftekhari will put a patch over the eye.

Enucleation / Evisceration of Eye

Enucleation and evisceration are surgical procedures performed to remove the eye from its socket. Enucleation involves removing the entire eyeball, while evisceration removes the contents of the eye, leaving the outer shell intact. These procedures are typically performed to treat severe eye diseases or trauma, alleviate pain, or address cosmetic concerns. Dr. Kian Eftekhari at Eyelid Center of Utah specializes in oculofacial plastic surgery and offers expert care for patients undergoing enucleation or evisceration.

During enucleation, the eye muscles are detached from the eyeball, and the optic nerve is cut. The eyeball is then removed, and the eye socket is prepared to receive an orbital implant. In evisceration, the cornea and contents of the eye are removed through a small incision, leaving the sclera intact. An orbital implant is often placed to maintain the shape of the eye socket.

Recovery from the Procedure

After eye removal surgery, Dr. Eftekhari will prescribe an oral pain medication and an antibiotic eye ointment to be placed on top of the eyelashes. Once you have healed, Dr. Eftekhari will refer you to an ocularist for fitting of your prosthetic eye.

Causes of Eye Loss

Eye loss, or Anophthalmos, can occur due to various reasons, including:

  • Traumatic Injuries: Severe trauma to the eye from accidents, injuries, or surgical complications can lead to irreparable damage necessitating eye removal.
  • Disease or Infection: Certain eye conditions such as advanced glaucoma, end-stage diabetic retinopathy, or severe infections can result in irreversible damage to the eye tissues, requiring removal.
  • Congenital Conditions: Some individuals are born with Anophthalmos or microphthalmia, where the eye fails to develop properly during gestation.
  • Eye Cancer: Malignant tumors within the eye, such as retinoblastoma or ocular melanoma, may require enucleation (eye removal) as part of cancer treatment.
  • Complications of Eye Surgery: In rare cases, complications arising from eye surgeries, such as retinal detachment surgeries or cataract procedures, may lead to the need for eye removal.

Frequently Asked Questions about Eye Removal Surgery (Anophthalmos)

Contact Us for Your Personalized Consultation

For personalized consultation and compassionate care for eye removal surgery with Dr. Kian Eftekhari at the Eyelid Center of Utah, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance throughout your journey. Schedule your appointment today to take the first step towards optimal eye health and well-being.

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