Thankfully, orbital problems are not that common in children. The orbit is the bony socket in the skull that houses the eye and all the associated structures that help the eye function. The most common problem to affect the eye socket in children is acute bacterial infections, most commonly spreading from an adjacent sinus infection. These serious infections require aggressive treatment with antibiotics and sometimes surgery. In addition, tumors of the eye socket occur as well. Hemangiomas are an overgrowth of blood vessels that enlarge rapidly in the first year of life then slowly regress. When present in the orbit or eyelids, it can seriously affect visual function and development. In addition, some cancers can occur around the eye in children. A combination of surgery, chemotherapy and sometimes radiation is used to treat these life threatening problems.
Finally, kids love to have fun but sometimes at the cost of injuring themselves. Injury to the eye, orbit and surrounding structures often heals with careful observation and rest. However more serious injuries may necessitate surgery to repair the damage.
Who Should Perform Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery?
When choosing a surgeon to evaluate and treat pediatric oculoplastic problems that involve the eyelid, tear drain or orbit, look for an ophthalmic facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the eyelids, orbit, and tear drain surgery.
Dr. Harris has the extra training required to care for these problems in children and adults. He is not only board certified in ophthalmology but also knows anatomy and structure of the eyelids and orbit, and has expertise in ophthalmic plastic reconstructive surgery to appropriately care for your child.