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July 1977

Deep Ocular Socket Reconstruction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(7):1221-1228. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450070119011
Abstract

• A technique to reconstruct totally contracted sockets forms spacious, deep ocular fornices to accommodate ocular prostheses. Fixation of the midperiphery of mucous-membrane-lined, custom-made conformers to the superior and inferior orbital rims secures the posterior periphery of the conformer deep in the orbit. The method restores the normal anatomy of the ocular fornices that not only extends to the orbital rims but also penetrates deeply into the orbit along its roof and floor. The procedure contrasts with conventional, frequently unsuccessful methods of socket reconstruction that form fornices only to the superior and inferior orbital rims without extending posteriorly into the orbit.

Using this technique, we reconstructed deep, spacious sockets in five patients with serious socket contracture, allowing the patients to retain cosmetically acceptable artificial eyes. The principles advocated apply to all contracted sockets.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:1221-1228, 1977)

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