What Is An Exophthalmos?

March 02 22:31 2019 Print This Article

It is defined as a disorder in which there is a movement of the eye out of orbit. It can be present in single or in both the eyes. Both the eyes are involved in a graves’ disease. A single eye is involved in case of tumor of orbit. The degree of exopthalmos is measured with the help of exopthalometer. It can dislocate from the orbit fully or not completely. It occurs due to the trauma and swelling from the surrounding tissue as a result of trauma.

In the case of Grave disease there is a displacement of the eye as a result of connective tissue which is not normal. It is deposited in the orbit and in the extra ocular muscles which can be viewed by the help of a MRI or CT scan. It can lead to failure of eye lids and can close during sleep. It can lead to dryness in the eye. It can even damage the eye. It can lead to a complication known as the superior limbic kerato conjunctivitis in which one notices a redness or irritation.

The area near cornea becomes red as a result of friction due to the blinking of eye. It leads to the displacement of eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve as well as the ophthalmic artery. It leads to blindness.

What are the signs and symptoms of Exophthalmos?
Displacement of eye puts pressure on the optic nerve as well as the ophthalmic artery.

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