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How does an enucleation of the eye work?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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