Orbital tumours, also known as eye socket tumours, are rare growths that occur within the orbit, the bony cavity containing the eyeball, eye muscles, optic nerve, and other important structures. These tumours can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. At Dr. Surbhi Kapadia’s department of Ophthalmology, Aadicura Superspeciality Hospital in Vadodara, patients can receive comprehensive care for orbital tumours, ranging from diagnosis to personalized treatment.
The exact cause of orbital tumours is not known. However, they may arise from tissues within the orbit or spread there from other parts of the body. Genetic factors, exposure to certain environmental elements, and certain health conditions may increase the risk.
Orbital tumour symptoms can be varied, depending on the size and location of the tumour. Common signs may include bulging eyes (proptosis), changes in vision, eye pain, double vision, swelling or redness around the eye, and involuntary eye movement.
Treatment for Orbital Tumours
The treatment approach for orbital tumours is largely dependent on the type, size, and location of the tumour. After a thorough examination and CT imaging, a suitable treatment plan is devised. Treatments can include orbitotomy, where an incision is made in the eye socket to access and remove the tumour. Whenever possible, orbital tumours are totally excised and sent for biopsy.
Some tumours may need chemotherapy or radiotherapy for adjuvant treatment. In some advanced tumours, it may be necessary to proceed with the removal of eye & orbital contents (enucleation). The aim is to address the concern to cure and ensure a decent cosmetic outcome, leaving minimal to no visible scars after surgery.
Dr Surbhi Kapadia, an experienced specialist in Vadodara, uses this multidisciplinary approach to tailor the treatment to the patient’s specific condition and needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orbital Tumours
Orbital tumours are abnormal growths within the orbit, which is the bony cavity that contains the eyeball, eye muscles, optic nerve, and other important structures.
Symptoms can include bulging eyes, changes in vision, eye pain, double vision, swelling or redness around the eye, and involuntary eye movement.
The exact cause is not known, but they may arise from tissues within the orbit or spread there from other parts of the body. Genetic factors and exposure to certain environmental elements may increase the risk.
Treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumour and can include a thorough examination, CT imaging, orbitotomy, surgical removal, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy. In advanced cases, removal of eye & orbital contents (enucleation) might be necessary.
Dr Surbhi Kapadia in Vadodara offers comprehensive care for orbital tumours, guiding her patients through each step of the diagnosis and treatment process.