Vascular tumors such as cavernous hemangiomas, orbital lymphoma, lacrimal gland tumors, cysts, and metastases that have spread from other parts of the body can present themselves in the eye socket. Some inflammatory processes such as sarcoidosis or idiopathic orbital inflammation may also mimic the signs and symptoms of a tumor.
Orbital tumors can present slowly over months or years, with bulging of the eye or a subtle change in the eye position due to pressure from the growth. Some tumors present rapidly and are uncomfortable; this is typical of malignant tumors and should be evaluated by an oculofacial plastic surgeon as soon as possible. Tumors may cause compression of the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss. Imaging such as a CT scan or MRI may be obtained if a tumor is suspected.
Management of orbital tumors should be provided by a physician who is qualified to treat orbital disease. Oculofacial plastic surgeon. Dr. Kashyap is extensively trained in orbital surgery and the management of the orbital disease.