What is orbital decompression?
Orbital decompression is a surgical procedure we perform to enlarge the orbit that houses the eyeball and its attachments. Thanks to this surgery, we relieve the pressure on the orbital cavity that is exerted by tissues and eye structures that are enlarged for different reasons, which can compress the optic nerve and cause irreversible damage, if action is not taken early. Furthermore, by repositioning the eye and preventing it from protruding due to lack of space, it also appears less prominent, and we achieve a clear aesthetic improvement.
To widen the orbital cavity, our oculoplastic surgeons cut and remove segments of the bone that make up the walls of the orbit, while also removing fatty tissue. The incisions made to access the eye socket are tiny and usually highly concealed after the minimally invasive procedure.