In some cases of trauma or eye disease, eye removal is the best path forward. For this highly complex procedure, you need an outstanding surgeon, and that’s where Larissa Habib, MD, at Northeast Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, comes in to help. To learn more about eye removal, call the Fairfield, Connecticut, office or book an appointment using the provided scheduling link now.
Eye removal is only for situations in which you have eye trauma or eye disease that causes blindness, severe pain, or serious health risks.
At Northeast Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Dr. Habib examines your individual circumstances in great detail before recommending eye removal. Her goal is always to help you be as healthy as possible, even when you're dealing with significant eye complications.
Dr. Habib performs three types of eye removal, including:
Evisceration is surgery to remove the eye while leaving the scleral shell (the white portion of the eye) and the eye muscles in place. Following evisceration, Dr. Habib places an eye implant using the scleral shell and eye muscles for support.
Enucleation is surgery to remove the whole eye, including the scleral shell, but your eye muscles remain intact. After enucleation, Dr. Habib places an eye implant by suturing it to the eye muscles.
Exenteration is surgery to remove the eye along with all nearby structures, including the eye muscles, eyelids, and fatty tissue. After an exenteration, you can wear an orbital prosthesis, which includes eyeglasses frames with prosthetic tissue that recreates the appearance of your missing eye and surrounding tissue.
Dr. Habib has considerable experience in each type of eye removal so she can tailor each surgery to meet individual needs. She’s also an expert in the care of the anophthalmic socket, which means she can help you heal in the safest and best way following surgery.
The type of eye removal depends on a few factors, including the disease or trauma that led to the surgery. For example, evisceration, the simplest of the eye removal procedures, isn't right for everyone. It may be ideal for problems restricted to the eye itself, but if you have more widespread trauma or infection, enucleation may be the right choice.
With eye cancer, or severe life-threatening eye infections, Dr. Habib may recommend the most aggressive approach, exenteration, because it removes as much surrounding tissue as possible to reduce the risk of periocular malignancy and give you the best chance of a cure.
Eye removal is a highly complex major surgery, so it's essential to have a skilled ophthalmic surgeon perform your procedure. Dr. Habib boasts superior surgical skills, and she's ready to discuss your eye removal options at Northeast Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons now. Book your consultation online or by phone today.