Deep ocular socket reconstruction

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977 Jul;95(7):1221-8. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1977.04450070119011.


A technique to reconstruct totally contracted sockets forms spacious, deep ocular fornices to accommodate ocular prostheses. Fixation of the midperiphery of mucous-membrane-lined, custommade 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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Eye, Artificial*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucous Membrane / transplantation
  • Orbit / surgery*
  • Transplantation, Autologous