X-ray, CT scan. Eye socket infection is also called orbital cellulitis. It can be caused either by infection of the eyelids or sinus tracking back into the socket. It can be diagnosed on the basis of decreased movement of the eye, pain that is worse with movement, swelling of the lids and upper face, discharge and history of lid or sinus infection. X-ray and ct scan can pick it up quite well. This is an emergency.
Yes. Infection in the eye socket is usually obvious with redness, swelling and discharge (mostly pus) around and behind the artificial eye. Testing is only needed if there seems to be poor response to treatment and an unusual organism is the cause. Good hygiene, especially of the prosthetic eye is important. Start with your ocularist and you may need to see an oculoplastic ophthalmologist.
Depends. Infection of the eye socket, which I am guessing means the space into which an artificial eye has been placed, is usually not dangerous but is very uncomfortable and unsightly. Sometimes this type of infection can be eliminated by removing the eye, using good hygiene for several days and cleaning the eye. The use of topical antibiotic/steroid ointment is very helpful. Read more...