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Eye Removal Surgery


Eye removal surgery is used to remove the entire eyeball. The surgery is also called an enucleation. Eye removal surgery is used to treat eye cancer, a serious infection or injury, or pain from blindness. You may be able to receive an artificial eye 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. The eye will be made to match your other eye.


Seek care immediately if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have signs of infection, such as a fever, red or warm skin, or pus in the wound.
  • Your artificial eye is bulging.
  • You have new or sudden pain in the surgery site.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have trouble accepting your new appearance.
  • You have phantom pain that makes it hard to do your normal activities.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


You may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics prevent or fight a bacterial infection. You may need to take this medicine for up to a week after your surgery. You may be given antibiotic drops or ointment to use for up to a month after your surgery.
  • Steroid drops reduce inflammation. You may need to use these drops for up to a month after your surgery.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Apply ice as directed:

Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Apply an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Wrap it in a towel and put it over the surgery area for as long and as often as directed.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care for your wound as directed:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

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