Orbital decompression. Any suggestions?
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Orbital decompression for non-Graves
Orbital decompression for prominent eyes
Orbital surgery does carry more risk than eyelid surgery. Fat removal will do very little for the position of the eyeball in the socket. Look into this with more than one consultation - you do need to connect with an oculoplastic & orbital surgeon. If you have maxillary hypoplasia, or other anatomical bony issues, orbital decompression might not be the way to go. Decompression for cosmetic purposes is most successful and gratifying in patients who have good-sized sinus spaces - maxillary and ethmoid - so that the orbital soft tissues may expand into air-filled spaces. Blindness is rare - I am thankful that I have not seen this complication in my patients over 30+ years of practice. Take your time with this decision. Get what you want out of your surgery. Best wishes!
Orbital decompression for non-Graves bulging eyes
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Orbital decompression and risk of blindness
Problems that may occur related to surgery are direct injury to the eye and nerve itself or bleeding around the eye that puts pressure on the eye.
The amount of risk in orbital decompression surgery is extremely low with good technique and assistance by technology like image-guidance systems. Orbital decompression is actually the procedure performed when blood is putting pressure on the eye.
I recommend speaking with your surgeon regarding your specific anatomy and risk profile. Safety comes first.
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