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Introduction to Eye Socket Disorders

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

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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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