Evisceration (ophthalmology)

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MeSH D017234

An evisceration is the removal of the eye's contents, leaving the scleral shell and extraocular muscles intact.[1][2] The procedure is usually performed to reduce pain or improve cosmesis in a blind eye, as in cases of endophthalmitis unresponsive to antibiotics.[1][2] An ocular prosthetic can be fitted over the eviscerated eye in order to improve cosmesis.[3]

Either general or local anesthetics may be used during eviscerations, with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents injected intravenously.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Cassin, B. and Solomon, S. Dictionary of Eye Terminology. Gainesville, Florida: Triad Publishing Company, 1990.
  2. ^ a b Zein W. "Evisceration, Enucleation, and Exenteration." Eyeweb.org. Accessed September 25, 2006.
  3. ^ "Evisceration". Ocularist Association of California. Accessed September 25, 2006.
  4. ^ "Surgical Technique: Evisceration". Bio-Eye Orbital Implants. Accessed September 25, 2006.

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