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Introduction to Eye Socket Disorders

By James Garrity, MD, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Professor of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

The eye sockets (orbits) are bony cavities that contain and protect the eyes and their supporting structures (see Figure: An Inside Look at the Eye and see Figure: Structures That Protect the Eye). Disorders affecting the orbits include

Thyroid disease can also affect the orbits.

Many orbital disorders require treatment by a medical doctor who specializes in eye disorders (ophthalmologist).

An Inside Look at the Eye

Structures That Protect the Eye

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