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May 1980

Inferior Orbital Decompression for Thyroid Ophthalmopathy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(5):890-892. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030884016

• A technique of inferior orbital decompression for thyroid ophthalmopathy is described. The orbital floor is exposed through a lower eyelid incision, and completely removed while preserving the infraorbital nerve and vessels. A central strip of periorbita is retained under the globe for support. The amount of decompression averages 4 mm and ranges from 2 to 6 mm, depending on the amount of inflammatory residue and extraocular muscle enlargement.