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Eye Removal Surgery

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about 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.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. You may be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. Your provider will tell you which medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. Your provider may tell you to stop taking blood thinners a few days before your surgery.

What will happen during surgery?

What are the risks of eye removal surgery?

You may bleed more than expected during surgery, or develop a blood clot. The clot can break free and cause a life-threatening stroke or heart attack. Your stitches may come apart and expose parts of your eye socket that are still healing. Exposure of these tissues can lead to serious infection. You may develop an infection within the eye socket that can spread to your blood. You may have long-term trouble with the peripheral (side) vision in your other eye. You may think you feel pain in the eye that was removed. This is called phantom pain and may continue for several years after surgery.

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