The eye sockets (orbits) are bony cavities that contain and protect the eyes and their supporting structures. Disorders affecting the orbits include fractures (see Injuries to the Eye: Fractures of the Orbit), infections, inflammation, disorders of the blood vessels, and tumors. Thyroid disease can also affect the orbits. Many orbital disorders require treatment by a medical doctor who specializes in eye disorders (ophthalmologist).
Last full review/revision July 2012 by James Garrity, MD