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    Preseptal Cellulitis

    Preseptal (periorbital) cellulitis is characterized by swelling, tenderness, and erythema of the eyelid. Preseptal cellulitis differs from orbital cellulitis in that all the swelling is confined to the eyelid. Once the eyelid is open, examination shows that the globe is white, there is no proptosis, and vision and ocular motility are normal.

    Photo courtesy of James Garrity, MD.

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