FAQS about Enucleation
Eye removal surgery can seem scary and unknown. Let us help make it easier.
It can be an extremely tough decision to decide that it’s time to have your eye removed. Your Chicago ophthalmologist Dr. Mary Szatkowski understands that this is a delicate situation and that you may need more information regarding your upcoming procedure. We are here to answer all of your questions and to make this serious procedure a little less stressful.
Q, What is enucleation?
A. Enucleation is a surgical procedure in which your Chicago eye doctor removes an eye.
Q. Why is enucleation performed?
A. Here are the main reasons why we may recommend enucleation to a patient:
- If they have a malignant tumor within the eye
- To get rid of severe pain in an eye that is already blind
- To get rid of severe inflammation that may be affecting the healthy eye due to injury or blindness in the other eye
Q. What should I expect during the procedure?
It’s standard for this procedure to be performed under general anesthesia, but it can be done with just a local anesthesia. The surgery usually takes about one hour to 90 minutes.
Once the eye has been removed an orbital implant will be placed into the eye socket. The muscles of the eyes are then attached to the implant to improve its mobility and then eyelid tissue is covered over the implant.
Q. What will the recovery period be like?
After your surgery, a pressure patch is placed over the eye to reduce swelling of the socket. This patch is usually worn for about one to four days after surgery. It’s not uncommon to have difficulty opening the lid of the untreated eye, which can be scary. Just know that this may happen and will go away in about a day.
It’s also common for patients to experience some pain or discomfort for the first day after surgery. Your ophthalmologist in Chicago, IL will most likely prescribe a pain reliever to reduce post-operative symptoms.
Once the patch is removed you may still be swollen or bruised for a couple days. Icing the area can help alleviate these symptoms and speed up healing. A special ointment may also be prescribed to help heal the socket tissue.
Q. When will I get my artificial eye?
Sometimes referred to as an ocular prosthesis, these devices are usually placed about three to six weeks after your surgery. Before you get your prosthetic a conformer, or clear plate will be placed where the artificial eye will be to prevent the tissue from shrinking.
Dr. Szatkowski and our whole ophthalmology team are here to provide a full range of eye services to the Chicago area. No matter what you need we are here to provide treatment in a compassionate, timely manner. Call us today!