Orbital Trauma

Your eyes are nestled in their orbits (eye sockets), cavities with bony walls that are thick and strong on the outside and front, and very thin at the bottom and near the nose. Falls, accidents and other trauma to the orbits can break the bony wall as diagnosed with a CT scan. Some fractures heal on their own, but those causing double vision or pain with eye movement require immediate diagnosis and treatment. Some orbital fractures can cause facial deformities and poor eye movement, as well as cause the eye to sink inward. Person in black on black background

Orbital Tumor

Your eyes are nestled in their orbits (eye sockets), protective cavities that also house nerves, muscles, blood vessels and other tissues. An orbital tumor may arise in the orbit or spread from another area of the face. As the tumor grows larger, it may cause the eye to bulge and may affect eye movement. A biopsy will determine whether the tumor is benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Tearing/Blocked Tear Duct

Tears, which moisten the eyes, are produced by the lacrimal glands, which are located behind the upper eyelids. When the eyelids blink, a film of fresh tears spread across the eye, and excess tears drain into the nose through the nasolacrimal (nasal) ducts.

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease is a condition that results from hyperthyroidism, the overproduction of thyroid hormones. Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder, is the most common cause. Because thyroid hormones affect several different body systems, Thyroid eye disease can seriously impact your overall health. Symptoms of the eyes include bulging, discomfort, blurry vision or double vision — resulting from inflammation in the soft tissue around the eyes and the muscles that move the eyes and eyelids.

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