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Orbital Cellulitis in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is orbital cellulitis?

Orbital cellulitis is a bacterial infection of your child's eye and the tissue around his or her eye. The nerves that go to the eye are also infected. Orbital cellulitis is a serious condition that can lead to blindness.

Cellulitis of the Eye

What causes orbital cellulitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of orbital cellulitis?

How is orbital cellulitis diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will check your child's vision, eye movement, and eye pressure. Your child may also need any of the following:

How is orbital cellulitis treated?

Your child will need to stay in the hospital to treat orbital cellulitis. He or she may need any of the following:

How can I manage my child's symptoms?

How can another eye infection be prevented?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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