Various types of tumors may arise from the orbit, also known as the eye socket. The most common ones include vascular tumors such as cavernous hemangiomas, orbital lymphoma, lacrimal gland tumors, cysts, and metastases that have spread from other parts of the body. Some inflammatory processes such as sarcoidosis or idiopathic orbital inflammation may mimic the signs and symptoms of a tumor. 

Orbital tumors may present slowly over months or years, with bulging of the eye, or a subtle change in the eye position due to pushing from the tumor. Some tumors present rapidly and are very painful, this presentation is typical of malignant tumors and should be evaluated by an oculofacial plastic surgeon without delay. 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 done by a physician who is qualified to treat orbital disease, such as an oculofacial plastic surgeon. Dr. Silkiss and Dr. Eliasieh have both received extensive specialty training in orbital surgery and the management of orbital disease.