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Introduction to Eye Socket Disorders

By James Garrity, MD

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 Structures That Protect the Eye). Disorders affecting the orbits include fractures (see page Fractures of the Orbit), infections (see page Infections of the Orbit (Preseptal Cellulitis; Orbital Cellulitis) and see page Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis), inflammation (see page Inflammation of the Orbit), and tumors (see page Tumors of the Orbit). Thyroid disease (see page Graves 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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