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one week: Most enucleations require about one week for the socket to quiet down enough that pain is minimal. The pain relates a little to swelling and also to the fact that the eye muscles continue to act on motion of the other eye, which stretches the tissue-causing pain. Recovery overall is 3-4 weeks at which time the socket is ready for an artificial eye to be made. ...Read more
Removal of the eye: The eye itself is separated from both the covering conjunctiva & 6 attached extraocular muscles. The optic nerve is severed & globe is removed from the orbit. A ball made of an inert porous material (like coral) is placed in the space & the muscles reattached to it. A peg on the front of ball snaps into prosthesis (glass eye molded later). Tissue is closed again. Plastic spacer placed btwn lids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical removal: Enucleation is a term to describe surgically removal of an eye ball. When a blind eye becomes intolerably painful, enucleation may be the only way to get complete relief. The surgery is carried out in the operating room. Patient usually is under general anesthesia. The eyeball is removed and the empty orbit is replaced with an implant. Patient later will be fitted with an prosthesis. ...Read more
Eye removed: In an enucleation, the eyeball is separated from the eye muscles, which are secured with sutures. The optic nerve is then cut and bleeding is stopped. Next, a synthetic implant is placed in the eye socket to take up the volume of the removed eye. The muscles are then attached to the front of the implant with the preplaced sutures. The conjunctiva is sutured closed over the implant. ...Read more
I developed a serious endophthalmitis in late 2012 and have subsequently lost all vision in the eye is painful. What can I expect with enucleation?
Pain relief: I'm sorry to hear about your unfortunate outcome. With enucleation or eviseration surgery, the eye or it's contents are removed to eliminate the sources of pain and help you recover. A customized prosthetic is fashioned for a "look-a-like" replica of your other eye and placed in your eye socket, so as to restore an acceptable cosmetic balance between the eyes. After few months u should feel better. ...Read more
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