Please help! What is the difference between lid abscess and orbital cellulitis?

Eye infection. Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the orbit posterior to the orbital septum. Usually from a sinus infection. It can cause limited eye movement, bulging eyes and even blindness. It needs to be traded aggressively with antibiotics and possible surgical drainage if an abscess is present. A lid abscess is a localized collection of pus in the eyelids anterior to the orbital septum. Not as serious.

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What is the difference between lid abscess vs orbital cellulitis?

Location. An eyelid abscess is generally on the outside of the eye socket (in front of the orbital septum) and is a concentrated, walled off pocket of infection. Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the eye socket, which may or may not involve an abscess. Read more...
See below. An abscess usually breaks through the skin ANS cellulitis doesn't. Both are serious conditions that require professional medical care. Read more...