What is it?
It is a surgical procedure consisting of placing an orbital implant in patients who have previously had an enucleation or evisceration.
In which cases is it carried out?
- Patients who have had an enucleation
- Patients who have had an evisceration
- A full ophthalmological examination and eyelid and periocular examination
- Examination of the fundus of the eye
- Photos are taken to assess the patient’s condition before and after treatment
- In addition an orbital CT scan is carried out to confirm there is no implant in the anophthalmic cavity.
During the surgical operation
- This treatment is carried out in the operating theatre of the out-patient’s unit
- During the operation, the surgeon places the secondary orbital implant in the anophthalmic cavity
- In some cases, the surgeon removes the implant placed after the evisceration or enucleation and replaces it for a larger one
After the operation
- The surgeon occludes the patient’s eye for 24 hours and the patient must also take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Ice must be applied to the treated area during the first few weeks
- It is also important to have enough rest for the first few days and avoid picking up heavy objects and taking exercise
- About one month after surgery, the surgeon decides whether the eye has properly healed. At that time, a prosthetic doctor may adapt an external prosthesis so that the enucleated eye has a similar appearance to a healthy eye