Enucleation and Evisceration

Working with Your Surgeon

The Surgeon is your first and foremost resource for information concerning your surgery. The description of these procedures is available as a general guide, but your specific procedure may vary. For a more detailed explanation of these procedures as they pertain to your specific circumstances, please consult with your physician.


An enucleation involves the detachment of the globe’s muscles and optic nerve. This procedure includes the removal of the globe (eyeball), along with all of its internal contents from the orbital socket.

Upon removal of the globe, the muscles are reattached to an ocular implant chosen by a surgeon to recreate the best effect for the patient. The implant will assist in replacing the loss of volume and deliver movement to the ocular prosthesis.

This type of surgery is performed on patients suffering from ocular tumors such as retinoblastoma, severe trauma, and blind painful eyes.


An evisceration involves the surgical opening of the globe. This procedure includes the removal of the internal contents of the eyeball, including the iris, lens, and retina. An orbital implant is placed inside the eye to replace the lost volume and deliver movement to the ocular prosthesis. The eye muscles and optic nerve are left uncompromised and intact.

This surgical procedure is performed on patients suffering from painful blind eyes usually unresponsive to antibiotics or other remedies. The removal of the eye can relieve the patient’s pain and negate the need for further antibiotic treatments.


Following surgery, the eye socket will begin to heal, naturally reducing inflammation and swelling. Depending on the surgeon’s postoperative protocol and your individual healing course, you will typically be referred to an ocularist approximately six weeks after your procedure.

This recovery time is an important part of the prosthetic eye fitting process; ensuring that the socket is stable and healthy so that an appropriately sized prosthesis can be designed.

Restoring Your Appearance with an Ocular Prosthetic

There are various fitting and fabrication techniques utilized according to your individual needs. Whichever technique is used, the goal is always the same: to create the highest quality, comfortably fitting, cosmetically matching prosthesis.

The entire process will approximately take two to three visits. We ask our patients to clear the whole day to ensure there are no conflicts in the schedule when creating your custom prosthesis/scleral shell.

Same-Day Appointments

With same-day appointments and service, you can look and feel like yourself again in one day.

Custom-Made for Your Eyes

Custom iris buttons, artistic hand painting and the use of digitally printed irises ensure quality craftsmanship of your ocular prosthesis.

Board-Certified Ocularist

Our team is led by Board-Certified Ocularist Antonio L. Alcorta, a third-generation prosthetic eye and scleral shell specialist.

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