Eye removal surgery may be necessary if you have a painful blind eye, cancer, a severe injury, or an infection. When it comes to eye removal surgery, there are two ways that it can be done. Our Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Parsa will determine which of the following option is best for you.
Option 1: Enucleation Surgery
During enucleation surgery, the entire eyeball is removed and replaced with an implant (artificial eye). The muscles that control eye movement are left intact and are sewn to the prosthesis, making capable of moving naturally.
Option 2: Evisceration
With evisceration surgery, the cornea and the contents of the eye are removed but the white part of the eye and the muscles are left intact. This procedure will also provide you with an implant to replace the scleral shell of the eye and it will be connected to the muscles to provide a full range of motion.
Enucleation vs. Evisceration Surgery
Evisceration takes less time and isn’t as invasive as enucleation, but not everyone will be a candidate for enucleation. With cancer, tumors, injury, and infection of the eye, enucleation is the recommended way to go.
Either procedure can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with mild sedation.
Your artificial eye will be custom made to match the exact color, shape, and texture of your other eye. When the implant is made by a true professional it will look so natural that no one will be able to tell it’s artificial. The prosthesis takes 4 to 6 weeks to make and you’ll receive it after surgery.
To find out more information about eye removal surgery, contact the office of Dr. Kami Parsa, our oculoplastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.