Disease, trauma, blindness, and eye pain may necessitate the removal of an eye, also called enucleation. Many patients are still able to see normally with only one eye and with modern prosthetics combined with orbital implants allow the patient to maintain a normal appearance. Drs. Marriott, Corona, and Abbott of Texas Oculoplastic Associates of Texas perform enucleation when needed for their Dallas and Plano area patients. As board-certified ophthalmologists with training in plastic surgery, they are able to perform enucleation while maintaining the appearance and structure of the eye socket to help the patient’s post-surgical appearance.
"I went to see Dr. Corona for a second opinion after another doctor, who had the worst bedside manner ever, diagnosed me with a serious condition and treated me like a piece of cattle. Dr. Corona was not only prompt to see me, but he was also kind and reassuring, a complete opposite of the other physician. He offered his very competent opinion, referred me to a colleague who specializes in treating my condition...and I left his office feeling much better about my prognosis. Kudos to him!"- W.P. / Healthgrades / Jun 23, 2016
"Dr. Corona was extremely kind. He took the time to diagnose my condition.I dad no pain during the procedure he did, and three days later, I looked 10 years younger!I would recommend him to any person who wants their eyes to look younger and refreshed!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 17, 2016
"Superb, compassionate technician/expert - Dr. Merritt enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the doctor of choice in his field. He is kind and respectful, addressing your questions patiently. I had a tearing problem for about 8 years which I just lived with. I finally took action when a top plastic surgeon I know personally noticed it and said Dr Merritt was the professional in this area to whom he refers. Dr Merritt performed diagnostic procedures in his office that were pain free and determine i I needed a bypass. My procedure involved about 8 stitches between eye corner next to nose given where they had to enter in my particular case and in less than 2 weeks the scar was virtually invisible. The stent came out early and my tearing is about 95% gone. I urge anyone needing to have any eye surgery to meet with Dr. Merritt. I trust him completely and consider myself very discerning in this area. Frankly, he ranks tops in my book among physicians I've had experience with for technical skill as well as a caring attitude."- S.S. / Vitals / Jan 16, 2016
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Enucleation is performed with the patient under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure or with a one-night hospital stay. Once the patient is under sedation, the enucleation surgery takes about 1 hour as the surgeon separates the eyeball from the surrounding tissue and the extraocular muscles. Finally, the optic nerve is cut and the eyeball is removed. Bleeding is managed with cauterization and the eye socket is cleaned and bandaged.
Plan Your Procedure
The doctor will talk to the patient before and after the surgery about specific post-surgical care, but most patients will be told to use eye drops or ointment for 1 – 2 weeks after the surgery. Additionally, some patients may be prescribed antibiotics or mild pain medication. Patients should be ready for an artificial eye 6 – 8 weeks after their eye removal surgery.
Orbital implants are a bio-compatible material that maintains the shape of the eye socket once the eyeball is removed. Orbital implants also help keep an artificial eye in place and help it with more natural movement that matches the remaining eye.
Enucleation is most often used when the patient has a very large tumor or a large tumor in an eye with little to no vision. An eye may also be removed after a severe trauma, end state glaucoma, diabetes, and other ocular diseases.